Ben Thomas “Chroma”
Ben Thomas is a photographer and visual artist born in Adelaide, now based in Victoria, Australia Ben’s work has centred around the cities and urban spaces that we live. His “Cityshrinker” series (2007) was internationally acclaimed and considered to be one of the pioneering projects exploring the now popular tilt-shift technique.
Ben’s study of urban spaces continued with “Accession” (2012) utilising mirror and kaleidoscopic techniques to highlight how repeating patterns and objects act as the basis of our urban surroundings. Most recently Ben has developed his latest series “Chroma” (2015), “Chroma II (2016), and recently Chroma III, a further deconstruction of cities and urban areas with a primary focus of the use of colour and flatness that poses questions of how society defines the places in which we live.
The Chroma series is full of collapsed textures and primary colours and is eerily vacant. The Australian photographer purposefully “stripped out as much of the darker detail in the images as possible, to allow the vibrant colour to control the image. Chroma was shot in several locations including Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Paris and Italy, because of this cross-pollination of places, the series feels weirdly mismatched as different styles of architecture and skylines collide. The aqua tones interspersed with faint yellows and pops of reds feel clean and detached, and according to Ben, “a hyper-real representation of the cities we live in.”
Ben has recently completed campaigns/assignments for The New Yorker Magazine, Sony, Cake, Singapore Airlines, Penguin Books and Chronicle Books.