Ben Thomas’ work has consistently returned, over the past several years, to the theme of physical location as a representation of the spaces we spend our everyday lives in. Like this latest project, each of his earlier series have adopted a variety of photographic techniques to highlight different aesthetic qualities of these lived environments: “Cityshrinker” in 2007 distorting proportion with the use of tilt shift, and “Accession” playing with mirroring techniques to construct a dizzying parallel reality.
“Chroma” is a new technique that Ben Thomas had been working on and fine tuning for over a year leading up to the completion of this series. The concept was to use colour as the primary constructive method and visual element. In essence, he aimed to present a hyper-real representation of these urban contexts, while breaking spaces down into their most elementary colours and shapes. His primary inspiration was to seek out the architecture and urban design that gave cities their unique characters, and to represent this design in an illustrative, flat format. The results are charmingly lighthearted; bringing out the warmth, vibrance and life that animates the streets of each respective city.
Ben Thomas is a photographer and visual artist born in Adelaide, now living in Melbourne, Australia