Swell Time In Town

This piece has to do with East Coast vs West Coast. The idea came from my wife who has lived in both LA and New York City. She would always mention the difference in the pace between the two cities. New York is fast paced, people always on the go, running from one place to the next with a hotdog in their hand. They are movers and shakers and things get done. I always admired the work ethics of New Yorkers. Los Angeles, on the hand, is much more kickback and relaxed. Things get done at it’s own pace, people are less stressed and with all the traffic, you wonder if anyone ever works. I always thought how great it would be to bring a little California to New York and a little New York to California. I have a great admiration for both cities and decided to put my vision into my photography.



Thomas Barbèy prints are developed in a traditional-chemical based process. Note these are not ink jet prints.

Sepia Print: Kodak Professional EnduraMetallic Paper. This gallery grade print has a glossy finish and metallic appearance that creates exceptional visual depth. The print stability is 100 years in a typical home display and 200 years in dark storage (as reported by Kodak Inc.). Sepia prints are numbered and hand signed by Thomas Barbèy.

Black and White Prints: Fuji Crystal Archive Paper. It has a matte finish with a stability of 100 years in typical home display and 200 years in dark storage (as reported by Fuji). These prints are available as an open edition and not signed.


We use the finest wood available. The wood is given a look of forged, hammered metal. It looks like an old pewtered mug one would find in an European castle. The frame will fit well with a contempory environment or a traditional home. The finish is neutral with a width of 2 5/8" and Rabbet 5/8".