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 BuenosAiresPhotographer.com where I post my baires snapshots.
 
Phoebe Washburn
Nothing's Cutie, Installation by Phoebe Washburn

'Nothing's Cutie', Installation by Phoebe Washburn at LFL Gallery on 24th st.

I typically visit art galleries to see photography shows but I'll wander into anything that looks interesting. On Saturday I stumbled across this fantastic installation made with simple wood blocks. It's precarious and vertiginous [big words!] and recalls the favelas in Rio. The gallery's website has some better photos. With my mildly telephoto lens, I couldn't get the full view, so you have my abstract, Cezanne-like photo [did I really just compare myself to Cezanne?].

 
Andrew

Last Saturday I went to visit art galleries in Chelsea with my friends Andrew and Edward. Here's Andrew lit from above by the skylight at the Julie Saul gallery where we were seeing a photo exhibit by Todd Hido. Some of these galleries just have the best light; bright, indirect, difuse.

My favorite exhibit of the day was a series by An-My Le, a Vietnamese-American photographer who shows American soldiers training in the Mojave Desert [bad, flash website]. At first the pictures appear to be from Iraq or Afghanistan which leads to a kind of mental double-take when you realize it's not. An earlier series of her work that I saw at PS1 showed Vietnam War re-enactors in North Carolina.

 
San Genaro II



I liked the light of the stands, naked incandescent or fluorescent bulbs giving an unnaturally even light for nighttime. The festival is over now and the rain from Jeanne should wash away all the crap on the street.
 
San Genaro I

Last night was the last night of the San Genaro festival. I live on Mulberry St. so it's utterly inescapble--the crowds, the smell of fried zepoles, and the cheers of the crowd when they 'down the clown'.
Festival of San Genaro

Fried Zepoles, San Genaro

Drown the Clown, San Genaro

 
California

One more at Monte Bello Preserve.
 
Paul Buxman
Painting of Paul Buxman

Mom has been purchasing paintings by Paul Buxman. He works from Kingsburg, CA, south of Fresno and depicts the Central Valley, where Mom grew up.
 
A Dansk Childhood

My mom has had these Dansk utensils for my entire life. They figure large in my psyche. These are the spoons I ate Captain Crunch with while watching the Smurfs. Only recently did it strike me that my first impressions of utensils were from Aggressive Scandanavian Design.

I'm back in New York, now, of course, but I still have a few photos to post in the queue from California. My work-week life is pretty boring and I usually only take photos on weekends.

 
Hugh

I know Hugh from my summers working at Netscape. We discussed Amercans' attitudes towards the world over an Italian dinner.

Courtney


Courtney is back in the Bay Area after a number of years in DC.
 
Steve

I met up with my old friend from High School, Steve, at his apartment near Dolores Park in San Francisco. We had an enjoyable coffee catching up on old acquaintances from High School.

Sam


Later I met up with Sam, recently of New York and now of El Cerrito, for tacos in the Mission District. We then bar-hopped & played pinball. I did not get a chance to ride on Sam's motorcycle.
 
Monte Bello Preserve

I can't visit Northern California without going for a short hike in Monte Bello Preserve, an open space park at the top of Page Mill Road in the hills above Palo Alto. September isn't the best month to visit. It hasn't rained since April and the grass has passed from gold to a dull brown. Still, it's beautiful.
 
Mom

Laurel Locke Hobbs, in Los Altos, California.
 
Mom's Spanish Inspriration

Last year Mom and I went to Spain and she was inspired by the art we saw. She's standing on a small patio of mosaic tiles that she constructed in the style of Antonin Gaudi's Parque Guell in Barcelona.


Here's Velasquez' Infanta Margarita as sculpted by Mom.

 
Cookies!

I'm off to Northern California for four days to see Mom and friends. I'll try to edit & post from out there.
 
2nd Avenue Anonymity


I like the endless string of anonymous post-war apartment buildings along 2nd Avenue. It embodies an aspect of big city, Corbusian living that the cozy town houses of the West Village or the dense tenements of Little Italy do not.
 
2nd Avenue - New Telephoto Lens


I got a new telephoto zoom lens, 80-200mm, for my Canon Digital Rebel. It's a lightweight, mediocre lens for a cheap price [$90 on ebay used]. I can now zoom in and get flat perspectives and take pictures of people from a distance unawares--not that that's my thing.
 
Steven & Tomas

My friends Steven & Tomas at a party last week on E 29th St. The whole east-side of Manhattan north of 14th Street and east of Lex is like this giant whole. I never go there, so it was interesting to see the anonymous post-war buildings scattered around.


 
Catskills Part 3, The Hosts


Our lovely and generous hosts for the weekend, Andrew and Shaffiq.
 
Catskills Part 2

Conditions were rough out there in the country. Cool Dan had to bathe in a pail. Of course, no trip to the country is complete without a rhinestone cowboy hat.


Here's Cool Dan and Matthew. Everyone wanted that rhinestone cowboy hat.


Jesse in the Kitchen, washing dishes as if it were the New York City Marathon.

 
Catskills Part 1

For Labor Day weekend I was invited up to a friend of a friend's house in the Catskills. The house [above] is an old farmhouse that sits on a hill overlooking a gorgeous valley.


We sat on the porch for hours watching the changing afternoon light.

After darkness fell I continued to unwind, reading light fare and sipping tea. Rarely have I spent such a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
 

Parking lot on Lafayette & Great Jones. I've always liked these car elevators. Manhattan parking lots. Of course, it's only a matter of time before luxury lofts go up here. As my friend Andrew in the real estate business has said, "these blocks are just screaming for site consolidation."
 
Herald Square, RNC Day 3

I needed a new pair of shoes. I went to Macy's. And I wanted to see all the security around the convention. I skipped the protest and for the first few days of the convention gingerly avoided Penn Station and Union Square. I needed to satisfy my curiosity; to observe first-hand this massive security theatre in the heart of Manhattan. Things were pretty calm on Wednesday night. I had no trouble walking along 34th street and into shops. I was even surprised to find some of them crowded [it is back-to-school week and a salestax holiday]. After buying my new shoes I had a burrito at Chipotle on 8th & 34th. The place was full of press people with credentials.
 
Calvin Klein Billboard Houston Lafayette

Completely changing the tone from yesterday's post, here's the CK ad at Houston & Lafayette. They change them every few months. I get to look at these sexy ads every day on my way to work.
 
Evening In the Park
Evening in Central Park, Republican Convention, Helicopters

After work there's always a temptation to rush home, do errands, and plop myself in front of the TV. I have to remind myself that I'm only a 15 minute walk from Central Park. This picture is from last Thursday, 8/26. Beautiful tho it was, I couldn't escape the sound of multiple helicopters hovering overhead, guarding the park against pre-convention protests. In New York right now, I feel like there's been a military coup. September 11th was also the day, in 1973, that Pinochet overthrew Allende.



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 BuenosAiresPhotographer.com. I also have an old geocities page with some outdated information but also more photos of Buenos Aires, friends and my 9/11 pictures.


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

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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]

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My Flickr Stream and BuenosAiresPhotographer my other blog.

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