Australian-born Ben Thomas started pursuing photography in his mid-twenties, when he moved to Melbourne. Not knowing the city well, Ben saw photography as a tool to discover and document his new home.
From Thomas’s point of view, there is a lot of beauty around us that goes unnoticed. With the “Chroma” series, he wanted to create a distinctive aesthetic that celebrates the architecture and design in our surroundings. “In a world where we are overloaded with images and photography, I wanted to create something that would cut through—something that would speak to the viewer immediately. I hope that people feel encouraged to track down and discover what is special about their own environment and other cities around the world.”
The series was shot in several locations including Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Paris and Italy, because of this mix of places, the series would be expected to feel weirdly mismatched as different styles of architecture and skylines collide. Ben manages to connect them through his use of colour, “the overarching colour treatment is something I’d been tweaking and experimenting with before shooting Chroma,” he explains. The aqua tones interspersed by faint yellows and pops of reds feel clean and detached, and according to Ben, “a hyperreal representation of the cities we live in.”