Tom Mallonee has often pursued photographic
subjects which stray from the conventional notions of western landscape
photography, yet still embrace decisive composition and exquisite
printing technique. Tom has completed a 12 year portrait of the bypassed
sections of Route 66 entitled Evidence of Passing. In recent years, he
has been on the cutting edge of fine art monochromatic inkjet printing
and has developed a true six-ink Hextone printing process. In addition
to his photographic pursuits, he founded Owens Valley Imaging devoted
exclusively to producing black & white ink prints for other artists.
For nearly thirty years Tom has pursued his photographic
passions. During this time he began photographing the "apparitions" of
the western landscape. His images, often imbued with a sense of his awe,
and just as often his irony, are conceived from an anthropological perspective.
In 1998, Tom realized a twenty year dream of living in
California's Owens Valley with a move to Bishop. Surrounded by the
Sierra and White Mountains, the Valley is bathed in light that is both
revealing and subtle. This land of chocolate grays has defined an
exhilarating palette for Tom's work - a palette that fits perfectly with
his digital images. The gossamer light of the Owens Valley flows into
all of Tom's prints.
From 1992 to 2003 Tom pursued a portrait of the bypassed
sections of Route 66, entitled Evidence of Passing, and is
currently involved in the design of a book. He is constantly engaged in
the process of creating new images.
In the last several years, Tom has made a transition from
the architectural world to a full time pursuit of photography. He
recently founded Owens Valley Imaging, a service bureau devoted
exclusively to producing the finest black & white ink prints. He
developed the process of HexTone, a true six-ink process which brings
black & white inkjet technology to a new
level of excellence.
His images have been exhibited at the Eye Gallery in San
Francisco, The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, the San Diego Art
Institute, The Pope Gallery in Santa Cruz, the Battelle Harding Gallery
in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and the Ansel Adams Gallery at
the Mono Inn in Lee Vining, California.