Iquitos, Peru is a city of approximately half a million people located on the Amazon river. Its only accesses are by boat or plane. There are no highways connecting it with the rest of Peru, making the city a kind of island. Surrounded on three sides by water, the city itself is dense, heavily urbanized, and generally lacking in parks and vegetation, in contrast to the jungle just beyond.
The photographs in this work were taken between 2011 and 2015 on five separate visits to Iquitos, primarily with an 8×10 inch view camera. They depict young gay men in their environs, landscapes of the city, details and interiors. The LGBT community in Iquitos is highly visible but also subject to homophobia, transphobia and violence. There is a manifest desire to transcend place and reality via imported and exotic fantasies which takes place against the backdrop of a city in many ways mundane.
Thomas Locke Hobbs studied at the Tallers de Estética Fotográfica in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 2009 and 2011. In 2015 he received an MFA from Arizona State University. He has exhibited work in Buenos Aires, Lima, London and Phoenix, Arizona.