Thomas Locke Hobbs

11.01.2012 in00:21 in City scape, architecture -->


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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 Porteno.

These photos depcit the open, interior spaces of city blocks in Buenos Aires which are known as pulmones or, literally, lungs. Consisting of diptychs the first photo was taken at the exact minute of sunset, the second photo 15 minutes later. The final pair in the series was taken at sunrise from my own balcony with the same 15 minute interval.

Lungs…