Thomas Barbey has been a photographer for over twenty years, combining several images from over this timespan to create surreal situations with the help of the enlarger in a dark room. He only works with black and white, including sepia toning at times . Every single one of his images has to pass what he likes to call the “So what?” test. If a combination of two or more negatives put together doesn’t touch him or have any particular meaning, he starts over. At times, he tries to combine images and sometimes the results can be disappointing. At times Thomas comes up with ideas beforehand, try to materialize them and it works. At other times, it comes as an accident, where the ideas come afterwards, when the image is already finished and the concept has yet to be understood. Thomas claims he is learning constantly through the process of creation and travels 2-3 times a year to take photographs of different things and places. He exhibits in galleries throughout the world and is included in many private collections.