“Shopped!”, is the constant cry of internet’s skeptic and avid web browser. But after seeing Thomas Barbéy’s works many skeptics are pleased to say “Shopped”.
Barbéy’s surrealistic manipulations are not only works of retouching and airbrushing – he also sticks the negatives together, photographs them, uses other techniques to reach the concept vision he had in his mind first – but few are able to resist the gripping illusion.
Geneva-born Las Vegas-based artist has been a photographer for over twenty years. More recently, he has been doing Black and White Photomontages for the sole purpose of doing Fine Art. He has combined several images taken over a period of twenty years to create surreal situations with the help of the enlarger in a dark room. His work has a specific style and is very characteristic. The picture takes you into an imaginary world where you can see the captain telling the passengers to fasten their safety belts and get prepared for the descent, and so on. Thomas exhibits in galleries throughout the world and is included in many private collections.