Australian visual artist Ben Thomas transforms cityscapes into flat, pastel-hued images that wouldn't look out of place in a graphic novel – but they are photographs. For his Chroma series, he has photographed cities around the world, giving them all the same treatment, so that New York, Melbourne and Hong Kong all have a hyperreal aesthetic, like the set of a Wes Anderson film about an ice cream parlour on the Amalfi coast or Miami Beach.

Block colours and smoothed shadows transpose recognisable environments into artifice, whilst luminous turquoise skies and pastel yellow concrete give buildings a Toytown feel. By intensifying these colours Thomas distorts the boundaries between reality and abstraction.

IBTimes UK presents some of his sun-soaked, saturated scenes. You can see more and buy limited edition large format Ben Thomas photos at The Print Room.

Ben Thomas
Chroma II, Sundays, New York, US, 2016Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
Ben Thomas
Chroma I, Youth, Florence, Italy, 2015Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma II, A Touch Of Pink, Melbourne, AustraliaBen Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma I, Dive In, Viareggio, Italy, 2015Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma I, Prep, Paris, France, 2015Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma II, Paul's Daughter, New York, US, 2016Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma II, Nathan's, New York, US, 2016Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma I, Icebergs, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia, 2015Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma II, Crown, New York, US, 2016Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma I, BL, Hong Kong, China, 2015Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma I, AGP, Carrara, Italy, 2015Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room
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Chroma I, Asher Beach, Viareggio, Italy, 2015Ben Thomas, courtesy of The Print Room