Venice Sign, Venice, Los Angeles, 2017
Large format, edition of 7, 103 x 135 cm from €10,500
Small format, edition of 25, 56 x 76 cm from €4,200
© Christopher Thomas, Courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery, London
After years of working in the frantic fast-paced world of advertising, German photographer Christopher Thomas relishes the requirement to work slowly on his city portraits. He doesn't resent getting up at 3am to avoid the crowds, returning multiple times until parked cars have moved, or sitting in a puddle for four hours waiting for the sky to change. The results are tremendous: beautiful black and white cityscapes - quiet, classic, timeless, devoid of people – enriched with the framing afforded by Thomas’ use of vintage film.
Thomas has produced several city series and, depending on their layout, he reaches his locations by different means: Paris by scooter, New York by bicycle, Venice on foot (hard work given the weight of his equipment) and LA - since it’s so vast and sprawling - by renting a motorhome for three months and driving to the disparate parts.
Capturing the Venice sign required an early start and returning more than 15 times until the road was clear. “Some places are hard to shoot because of tourists, street-cleaning or a car is often parked there...if it’s under construction you might have to wait a year or two until it’s open again.”
For more information: hamiltonsgallery.com
‘Lost in L.A.’ by Christopher Thomas. Published by Prestel Publishing, September 2017
Hedge issue 48, pp70-75, December 2017