Ben Thomas‘ work invites close scrutiny. While many of his dioramas are packed with buildings, traffic or crowds, others offer a more sedate view of the world, of boats on a river, desks in a library, or of two men collecting leaves. But Thomas’ images aren’t crafted models, they’re in fact photographs from real life…
“The process of achieving the diorama effect essentially works around shifting or reducing the depth of field in a shot,” explains the Melbourne-based photographer. “This can be done one of two ways; you can change the depth of field in the shot with a tilt-shift lens, or you can use Photoshop (or similar) to do the same thing, with a lot more freedom.
“The final piece in achieving the style is around the colouring and, to be honest, this is what takes the serious hours.”
Thomas, a graduate of Adelaide’s International Design Effects and Animation School, also recently won the art section of the Australian Sony Projections’ new photographer of the year award.
More of his photography can be seen at cityshrinker.com.