This Photographer Captures Museum-goers Who Look Like the Art
Just as dog owners often look like their pets, romantic partners seem to mysteriously resemble each other more and more over time. So too, apparently, do museum-goers often bear a striking resemblance to the pieces of art that resonate with them.
Stefan Draschan, 38, an Austrian-born photographer, first started noticing people who looked like paintings when he captured a man standing in front of a Georges Braque in Berlin in the summer of 2014.
The project has since taken off, largely by accident, with Draschan creating an entire series of photographs around these museum doppelgangers.
Draschan's introduction to photography was similarly kismet. He first picked up a camera four years ago when he decided to quit smoking, needing something to do with his hands.
He quickly became a keen observer of his surroundings, taking an interest in the small details of wherever he might find himself.
“I just look out for everything. I’m interested in puddles on the street, in the moon...really everything, I just like to look and to observe,” he told Travel + Leisure.
His photographs resonated on social media, and he has seen thousands of responses from admirers all over the world. In an even more meta twist, one artist even asked to create a painting from one of Draschan’s images.
A Blue-haired Match
Draschan first started taking photographs four years ago.
An All-consuming Sunset
Don't look too closely, or you could fall in.
Draschan says the first photo he took for this series just happened by accident, three years ago.
Wall-hanging or Sweater?
Sometimes your museum ensemble just nails it.
Before this series, Draschan photographed a similar series of cars parked in front of homes that resembled each other.
Patterns and Poses
"When I’m on this project, you have to be fast,” Draschan says.
A picture of a woman taking a picture of a picture.
Hat in a Wall
Part of looking at art is wearing the right accessories.
Draschan has seen overwhelming support for this project, and he said that positivity has kept him going.