Photographer Transforms Cities into Abstract Tunnels of Light

Tobi Shinobi Urban Photography

Award-winning photographer and videographer Tobi Shinobi has amassed an impressive following since he began his foray into photography eight years ago. Living between London and Chicago, his love for the urban environment is on full display in his photos. Known for his symmetrical and geometric compositions, Shinobi's Light Railing series uses long exposures to transform cities into soft, abstract spaces.

In the series, Shinobi harnesses the energy of the city and transforms it into colorful tunnels of light. Shooting exclusively with Sony since he started his foray into photography, his technical prowess is on full display as the crisp images are both artful and descriptive. One can sense immediately that we're in an urban environment, even if the nature of the photograph renders it near impossible to decipher the exact location.

The artistic series also demonstrates Shinobi's versatility as a photographer. His highly followed Instagram feed is evidence of his abilities to bounce between aerial photography, architectural interior photography, commercial shoots, and these abstract masterpieces. No matter what the subject, however, Shinobi's eye for color, light, and symmetry shine through and work together to form the basis of his signature style.

“I think my style is about perspective. I think our backgrounds tend to shape our view of the world and this can play out in our photography,” he shares. “Geometry and symmetry play a large part in this and architecture is something I really appreciate. Whilst I’m not known for it, I like street and portraiture as well as fashion, abstract, and fine art photography. I don’t think a person should be limited or labeled as one thing. Shoot what you love and love what you shoot.”

With Light Railing, influential Instagrammer Tobi Shinobi transforms cityscapes into colorful, abstract pieces.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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