„Shopped!“, is the constant cry of internet’s sceptic and avid web browser. But after seeing Thomas Barbéy’s works many sceptics 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.
Thomas says it’s not the technique that matters to him but all the likes and kudos he gets. „I would like to think that the pictures can be appreciated without any real knowledge of their technical virtuosity“, says Barbéy.
Don’t worry, if you don’t know how it’s made, just enjoy the metaphors and illusions come alive! Isn’t illusions what people are looking for in life and art?