This photographer spent 1,500 days in museums observing people who end up matching with artworks


It was on the age of 34 that Berlin-based Austrian photographer, Stefan Draschan, owned his first digicam. It was gifted to him, by his brother, as a reward for giving up smoking. Until then, he had flitted between many roles — “studied History, co-owned a cafe-bar-club, was a journalist, DJ, teacher and a social media consultant…” Stefan took up images as a severe calling, having staunchly adopted the works of Stephen Ellcock, an internet curator of artwork historical past.

Soon sufficient, he would discover himself ready round in galleries, for people to stroll in, and unknowingly end up matching with the art work they’re viewing (in phrases of the colors or patterns they put on or how they pose). He spots completely satisfied coincidences of color, kind, sample and elegance and images them. Titled merely as ‘People Matching with Artworks’, this sequence of images, is slowly garnering international consideration for the very motive that it’s uncommon. But we discover that it’s only one of many many uncommon and seemingly weird concepts that the photographer has been following.

This undertaking has been underway since 2015
 
| Photo Credit:
Stefan Draschan

Among the Gauguins and Monets at Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, he would wait. Multiple revisits too, would comply with, for the proper body. Sometimes, people carrying colors that immediately match the art work stroll in; generally, the identical person who Stefan had seen years in the past would stroll in and peer at the exact same portray. Sometimes, he would catch as many as 10 such occurrences inside 90-odd minutes of ready. And none of those frames are orchestrated or posed for.

About the inception of the concept, Stefan writes to us from Berlin, “Before I had started working on this series, I never liked to see people in front of artworks in galleries, as it takes away from the experience of viewing a piece. It is, in fact, still unpleasant. For instance, when I visited the Vermeer Exhibition in Louvre, we were never allowed more than two seconds in front of each painting.” But his dislike gave option to a creative undertaking solely constructed on observations of mundane actions. It was in 2015 that Stefan determined to doc the various sights that always go unnoticed in museums and galleries. Over years, and after a number of visits and lengthy intervals of ready, he has shot about 1,200 such frames, until date. However, in the previous two months, he had not been in a position to go to museums and galleries as a result of lockdown.

The uniqueness of this series has garnered him global attention

The uniqueness of this sequence has garnered him international consideration
 
| Photo Credit:
Stefan Draschan

Stefan’s favorite expertise engaged on this sequence was when he noticed the identical individual in the identical gallery, whom he shot 30 months earlier than. “He was in front of the same painting as well. I had, in fact, predicted that he would come in front of the painting again, some day,” says the photographer. There have additionally been instances when his efforts went futile. “If there’s no frame to catch, I stand there and study the artworks myself. I feel that the oil paintings breathe more when there’s no one around,” he explains.

Apart from photographing people matching with artworks, Stefan had additionally been catching some light-hearted, humorous sights — people sleeping in museums and libraries is one! In reality, that is additionally a whole sequence in itself. “Interestingly, I have also found people arguing with the artworks at times,” he remembers.

How has the lockdown been treating his creative apply? “I had been in museums for a total of 1,500 days in the last five years so I think it’s okay to stay home and look back at the work I have produced,” he concludes.

View Stefan Draschan’s work on Instagram (@stefandraschan)

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