Thomas Barbey’s Fantastic Illusions

Thomas Barbey’s Fantastic Illusions


“The picture takes you into an imaginary world where you can see the captain telling the passengers to fasten their safety belts to get prepared for the descent.”

Thomas Barbey is a conceptual photographer with very impressive images to his portfolio.  Thomas travels a lot to take photographs of different things and places which later on he combines to create illusionary scenery, real views of today can become amazing images of a fairytale or a surrealistic work of art. Sometimes he uses an image several years later, but only when it fits, like the perfect piece in a puzzle, and completes his latest project. What I also enjoyed while I was touring myself into his website was how he entitles his artworks. Take a look at this selection below or visit his website for more amazing photos.


Inner Beauty

Sowing the Seeds of Love

A Pain in the Neck

Private Eye


Artist: The inspiration for my work comes from many years of traveling all over the world, everyday life, and from some of my favorite artists, such as Rene Magritte, M.C. Escher or Roger Dean. I bring my Mamiya RB 67 or several old Canon AE-1s wherever we go to shoot my photographs.The process of my montage starts with concept. It is then followed by the exposure and selection of the negatives. The design is then created by carefully choosing printing procedures as combination printing; sandwiching negatives together; thereby printing them simultaneously; pre-planned double exposure in the camera; the re-photographing of collaged photographs; and/or a combination of the above. I sometimes retouch and/or airbrush the collages before re-photographing them from above with a special contraption to hold the camera in place. I then make a master negative to make a limited edition of prints. Although constantly asked about how I do them, I would like to think that the pictures can be appreciated without any real knowledge of their technical virtuosity. The visionary inspiration and imagination is not a technical skill learned in school but rather to my personal belief, a gift from God. This is the only way I can explain the source of any idea I may have during the creation process.


Determined Erection

Burb to Urb

Chamber of Joustice

Crash Course in Italian

Over the Hill


Swell Time In Town

Piano Peace

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