Friday, December 30, 2011

Photographer #415: Thomas Locke Hobbs

Thomas Locke Hobbs, 1976, USA, is a photographer who has been based in Buenos Aires since 2008. Although his background is in economics and finance he decided to dedicate himself full-time to photography in 2008. He started following numerous workshops in order to further his technical skills as well as to define what photography is to him. Thomas works in a very exploratory manner, investigating the city he lives in from various different perspectives. His conceptual series are the work of an organized photographer who looks at the city as an outsider. His series Ochava Solstice is a collection of large format photographs showing the corners of numerous buildings. In the early 20th century the government mandated that buildings on corners in Buenos Aires have diagonal edges to improve visibility for cars. However, from the 1960's onwards, the economic imperatives of real estate development demanded maximum square footage. The ground floors are diagonal edge, the floors above have square edges. This way of building leaves a triangular shadow which tracks the sun as a sun dial would. The following images come from the series Ochava Solstice, Riverbank and Chalet Porteño.



Anonymous said...

I have had the pleasure of seeing Thomas's work mature over the last 15 years. He has a stellar eye and I am quite happy that he was included on this list!

Carla said...

I actually think I know where the third "chalet porteño" to the right is located. I lived in Argentina for many years and I used to stare at those beautiful big houses with gardens and many stories in the middle of one of the bigges cities in the world. It is a great place for a photographer. I have a friend who also takes pictures professionaly, has an apartment for rent in buenos aires and has a series called: Tango & Subtes. It is very interesting, maybe Thomas knows him, his name is Kyle Renning!