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Stefan Draschan‘s photography project “People Matching Artworks” shows that life really does imitate art. The self-taught photographer used to find it irritating that people were getting in the way of his shots at museums in Paris, Munich, and Vienna. He slowly began to notice a pattern in his photographs of people complementing and even mirroring the works of art, whether through their position, clothing, or hairstyle. Even though the shots look staged, the viewers are completely unaware that their picture is being taken. Draschan says, “It feels beautiful, as it is some unseen eternal string subconsciously connecting through the centuries.”

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Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, by Caspar David Friedrich (1818)

Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. The visualization and portrayal of landscape in an entirely new manner was Friedrich’s key innovation. He sought not just to explore the blissful enjoyment of a beautiful view, but rather to examine an instant of sublimity, a reunion with the spiritual self through the contemplation of nature. Friedrich created the notion of a landscape full of romantic feeling—die romantische Stimmungslandschaft.

See Rafael Pavon’s “Mind the Fog” animation below for a more modern approach to this concept:

 

Pavon plays with the feelings experienced by the wanderer in Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, transposing them onto a modern day London. Pavon’s animation combines a heady mix of layers of photography and 3D affects to achieve a landscape filled with whirling clouds and moving red buses.

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