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The Photography Portfolio of Ben Thomas

A photograph of a vibrant public squareUntitled (from Chroma III)


Ben Thomas is a photographer who captures colour, light and setting to such a detailed degree that many of his works seem almost surreal. Rather than trying to recapture a “naked eye” view of the world, Thomas seeks to showcase a vision of the world that’s brighter and crisper than life.

A photo of a city taken from above

Untitled (from Cityshrinker)


Thomas is well-known for his early use of the “tilt shift” photography technique that makes cities look like tiny dioramas. The photographer’s Cityshrinker series showcases this effect, with panoramic aerial shots of busy urban centers that look as though they might be highly-detailed children’s toys.


I really love Thomas’ recently Chroma series. The images in these galleries were taken recently in various urban centers including Paris, Melbourne, and Tokyo, and showcase the vibrant colours that are present in these urban areas. Sometimes it seems as though Thomas may have manipulated the photographs to bring out these bright shades of blue, pink, and teal, making the cities look almost digitally rendered, similar in colouration to the work of Blake Kathryn.

A photo of a skyscraper at nightUntitled (from Chroma Luma)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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