Tobi Shonibare, alias Tobi Shinobi, has an eye for symmetry and surreal illusion in urban architectures and landscapes. Shinobi often turns his camera upwards or looks downwards and transforms familiar structural elements such as transit lines and buildings into strange scenarios: a stairwell appears like an M.C. Escher woodcut, sand dunes with tracks covering a roadway, and a seemingly endless row of pipes filled with plants dangle in mesmerizing rows from the ceiling. Shinobi abstracts and decontextualizes many of its themes, drawing attention to shape, texture, and shadow.
More than 80 of his recordings are in. compiled balance, a new edition in Tropes Up-and-coming photographer series. The 144-page book is available on Bookstore, and you can follow Shinobi’s travels around the world, including his home in London and his current residence in Chicago Instagram.
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