Art imitates life and vice versa, but it takes a keen eye — and a quick reflex — to capture the moment.
Ask Stefan Draschan, whose photographs of people matching paintings in museums have captured the eye of social media.
“Previously, I was bothered by people in front of artworks, as I couldn’t see (the art),” Draschan, 38, who is Austrian and lives in Paris, tells the Daily News. “But now that is different.”
He attributes the, well, see change to something that the late Pontus Hultén, one of the founding directors of Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, once noted.
People Matching Artworks
“He said once that the museum is no longer just a place where artworks are conserved but where the visitors themselves become creative,” says Draschan. “ I continue this thought and expand it by making the visitors themselves an artwork.”
Snapping the matchy-matchy moment takes both patience and swiftness. “There’s a lot of observing and moving as well. Things happen fast,” says Draschan, who took up photography when his brother gave him a camera.
Initially, taking pictures was a way to keep his hands and mind busy after quitting smoking cigarettes four years ago. “I’m self-taught,” says Draschan, whose series of people matching art numbers over 500 pictures.
Stefan Draschan took up photography after giving up smoking.
Photography “has become my obsession,” he says. And it has given his life and work focus. “I have been a journalist, teacher, had a bar and was a DJ, never knew that seeing is my main talent,” he says.
“I just keep my eyes open and walk or cycle around as it inspires me and keeps me fresh,” he says. “The only disappointment is when people leave abruptly or when I’m home, I realize that the photograph got out of focus. This happened often in the beginning.”
There’s a joy that comes with his work — spying a visitor mirroring a work of art. “It feels beautiful,” says the shutterbug, “as it is some unseen eternal string subconsciously connecting through the centuries.”
And through different countries. “I hope to make it to New York again,” he says.