You know when they change the animation in a cartoon, making it looking out of its place? How about doing that in real life? It is possible thanks to miracle work of Photoshop. This was done by Portuguese artist Gabriel Nardelli Araujo. His Canvas Project uses Photoshop to insert people from classical paintings into modern photos, taken around the world.
Where the hell am I?- That would be the reaction of this Eavesdropper, set some 110 years after her time. This Brazilian urban architect wanted to make things spicy. He did it by putting characters from classical paintings in urban surroundings, all over the world. This anachronism is used in Gabriel’s works to check out the very perception of art, to see if the progress of humanity changed it somehow. But even so, he made them look like they belong there, in that context. Despite the difference in the clothing, you know.
That way, it pleases eyes more. Seeing characters that don’t belong there, but they kinda do. Their positions, and lets say movement, look natural for those surroundings. Like the fellow upstairs picking up the ax. Like his saying: “Relax ma’m. I’m just picking it up. I ain’t gonna hurt you”. And in some pictures, you can see characters from classical paintings blending in. Sometimes so good it makes you feel like that no Photoshop effect was applied.
Like this gentleman above. If you get a little bit back, differences start to fade. You’d think it’s just a photo of a man looking at the coastline city. Or the lady below. Just idly watering plants, nothing out of the ordinary.
Detailed approach to melding classical paintings and photos
As you stroll around Gabriel’s portfolio, try paying a closer attention. Can you notice something that brings a more natural look to characters? You might notice some of characters with shadows and/or reflections. That says a lot about meticulous and a detailed work.
Visual content courtesy of Gabriel Nardelli Araujo. Check out his Facebook for more.