ben thomas

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Ben Thomas is particularly interested in representing heavily frequented parts of Melbourne from high angles overlooking the landscape. Taken from distanciated and elevated viewpoints (the tops of buildings, or from a helicopter), his photographs are reworked in postproduction. He thus creates new points of view that resemble models. However, spectators discover real subjects in his images, captured to scale each time. The figures look like figurines, like actors in a fully operational virtual world. Similarly, the locations shot seem both strange and familiar to us. Designed to disturb the spectator?s gaze by removing the barriers between fiction and reality, this technique of distanciation similar to ?tilt shift? provides an original and playful view of the city. The attractive colours and bright lights accentuate this unreal aspect of the photographs, close to the aesthetic of certain video games providing the illusion of a virtual world.

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