Thomas Locke Hobbs

Hi! Thanks for visiting. I'm an American photographer living in Buenos Aires. These are photos from the blog I kept on my site from 2003 to 2009. I now have redesigned the home page to just show a portfolio of my current work. I also blog at where I post my baires snapshots.

East Broadway, looking west towards downtown. Amy B photography has the same shot pre-911.

Old Signage in and around Chinatown/LES. Old timey new york things seems to be a popular photoblogger subject; lightningfield, bluejake, quarlo, rion

Blurry people in Grand Central. I walk thru here everyday and it's a bit like that visual acuity test for airforce pilots where you have to track multiple dots moving independently. The blurred effect is from a long shutter speed. My new Canon Digital Rebel goes up to 30 seconds. To get the blurred effect all I have to do is find a steady ledge and pick a small aperture.

The stairwell in 525 W. 26th St. I went there for a gallery show but just exploring the building was the coolest part.

Me [on a bad hair-day], in the foyer of the Gagosian Gallery. These giant frosted windows create this fantastic diffused light effect. It's like having several thousand dollars of light equipment for free. This photo is too dark on a PC. I need to calibrate my mac...

Mosaics in Times Square [subway]

Sorry about the lack of postings. I've bought a new digital camera, a Canon Digital Rebel. It's taken me a few days to figure out the UI and hook it up to my computer. The measly 300x300 pixel, low grade jpg images I post on this site will never do the camera justice. In fact, they probably only mask the differences between it and my disposable-quality Sony Cybershot. Still, I'm happy as a clam with the new camera, and especially with the long perspective and shallow depth of field [seen above] I get with the standard length 50mm lens.

I was in DC last weekend and spent most of it obsessively talking politics, which, i guess is appropriate. Waking up early on Sunday morning to see Bush on Meet the Press was a Big Deal. I met a lobbyist who claims that there's not enough money in politics. To be fair, I think he was only pointing out that the sums spent electing congress and the senate, even the presidency is puny compared to a $2.4 trillion budget. This has always struck me as true especially when compared to what I know about Latin America [perhaps not a flattering comparison]. For instance, in the 1994 Governor's election for the Mexican state of Tabasco, Robert Madrazo spent $70million. This in a state where the population is only 1.5 million [tho I suppose this isn't so far off what Bloomberg spent to win New York City].

The Canals of Venice, CA.

I love two-story mini-malls. They're this bizarre hybrid of urban and suburban that only seems to exist in Los Angeles.

Some parting shots of LA. I need to get back to posting New York photos now that I've been back here for two weeks.

Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools has a neat rundown of Ultra-light camping gear. Since I've traveled a lot, I really fetishize traveling light. It stokes my fantasies of a wandering life. Overall Kelly's Cool Tools blog is a great read. It's like Gizmodo for the post-apocalyptic set.


The Original Downtown Los Angeles, along Broadway. It looks a lot like New York's Broadway in SoHo, except that instead of Prada, you have 99cent stores.

photo of thomas locke hobbs Hi. I'm a 33 year-old American currently living in Buenos Aires. Before that I lived in California, Sao Paulo and New York and if you browse through the archives below you can see photos of all those places. Currently I'm posting most of my pictures on I also have an old geocities page with some outdated information but also more photos of Buenos Aires, friends and my 9/11 pictures.

Zach Franzen, Luc Garcia, Bryan Chin, Vagner Cardoso, Aaron Holsberg, Jesse on the Brink, Stephen Suess, Overheard in NY, nblinks, Ted Gideonse, Ben Lima.

Blog Highlights
Portraits [2004, 2005, 2006, 2007], Portugal, Sao Paulo Gay Pride, Sao Paulo Skyline, More Sao Paulo [1, 2, 3, 4], Buenos Aires [1, 2, 3], Mexico City, Curitiba, The Gates, Paris, Morocco [1, 2, 3, 4], NYC Gay Pride [2006, 2007, 2008]

Other Stuff
My Flickr Stream and BuenosAiresPhotographer my other blog.

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