Tiny Tokyo synopsis: "Epic skyscrapers, crowded city streets, even sumo wrestlers appear to be the size of tiny plastic toys or models. Captured using tilt-shift, an astonishing camera technique that has the effect of seeming to shrink its subjects - these stunning photographs by beloved tilt-shift practitioner Ben Thomas will mesmerize. A pocket sized visual wonderland, Tiny Tokyo is packed with big surprises!"
Tiny Tokyo: The Big City Made Mini, Ben Thomas (Chronicle Books)
Australian-born Ben Thomas is not only a photographer, but a visual artist. Working with the moving image in his younger years sparked his initial interest in the visual arts, but it wasn’t until his mid-twenties, when he moved to Melbourne, that he began to pursue photography.
Not knowing the city well, Ben saw photography as a tool to discover and document his new home. It was this process of documentation as well as his pure fascination with his new surroundings that sparked his passion for photography.
Photography for Ben has been a personal pursuit, never having formally studied the craft. Instead, his technical skills have improved over time through a repeated process of experimentation and refinement and also in his work with other photographers over the years. The objective in his photographic work is to create pieces that reflect a strong and individual visual aesthetic along with a revealing narrative.
For Ben, the most important factor in moving forward has been to relentlessly follow his own vision and to execute that plan without compromise. Describing his photographic style as hyperreality, he creates works that challenge the boundaries of how a photograph is constructed and perceived.
He attempts to challenge the perceptions of not only what photography is, but what a subject should be, his work being centered mostly around our urban built environment. His aim is to provide a way for people to consider the relationships that they form with their surroundings and how their environment affects them.
Ben is a Hasselblad Master 2018 and has recently completed campaigns/assignments for The New Yorker Magazine, Apple, Sony, Cake, Singapore Airlines, Penguin Books and Chronicle Books.