From his native London, to far-flung locales around the world, to his current Chicago home, the photographs of award-winning photographer Tobi Shonibare - Tobi Shinobi to his followers - explore and deconstruct architecture and nature until they appear as optical illusions. With an appreciation for stunning cityscapes, Tobi has developed his own style of street photography, finding beauty in the often gritty streets. More than 164,000 followers on Instagram experience Tobi’s obsessive attention to detail and fascination with the geometry of our world.
Drawn to symmetry and architecture, Tobi’s vertigo-inducing perspectives turn familiar vistas into abstractions, and reality into a fantasyland of line and shape. His work brought him to the attention of Sony, who invited him to become an official Sony Global Imaging Ambassador, and has brought him commissions with Audi, Apple, Coach and other global brands. Now in Chicago, Tobi works in advertising and as a commercial photographer and videographer.
“Chicago is my second home and a place that, much like myself, is often misunderstood. It has its scars and issues but it also has pretty parts and a lot of heart. It has a certain perception for those that haven’t taken the time to know more and I again can relate to that. From having all four seasons in a day to its iconic skyline, it is a place like no other.”
Tobi's first book, Equilibrium, will be published by Trope as part of its Emerging Photographers series and is available May 2021. He is also featured in Trope London, the second volume in the Trope City Editions series.