Photo manipulations have been a mainstay of photography, even before the advent of Photoshop, but with the ubiquitous use of program by everyone and their brother, the world has become flooded with seriously questionable work. Luckily the other day we ran across the work of Thomas Barbéy to give us hope. His pieces bring back a classic surreal quality, perhaps because he does this the old fashioned way – with carefully planned film based photographs, selection of negatives and maybe even a bit of airbrushing.
Barbéy’s pieces find their inspiration through his many years of travel and a healthy appreciation for artists like Rene Magritte, M.C. Escher or Roger Dean. Much in the way the movie Inception featured a realistic film style while presenting us with highly unusual visuals, his black and white works play with scale and perspective in ways which twist reality without distorting its individual elements so far from reality that we can no longer identify with them. Head to thomasbarbey.com for his latest releases.