PHOTOS: When Auto Mechanics and Classical Renaissance Art Collide

October 30, 2015

*See the photo gallery above

Chicago-based photographer Freddy Fabris sees things differently than most, a fact proven by one of his latest projects: The Renaissance Series. The series consists of several portraits staged in the auto shop, with mechanics taking classical poses seen in art by Michelangelo and Rembrandt.

“For many years I wanted to pay homage the great Renaissance masters. Translating painting into photography was a challenge I looked forward to,” Fabris said. “I wanted to respect the look and feel of the originals, but needed to come up with a conceptual twist that would create a new layer to the original—to take them out of their original context, yet maintain their essence.”

Inspiration hit in a not so likely place.

“By chance, I came across an old Midwest car shop that triggered this series,” Fabris said. “The place screamed for something to be shot there, and slowly but steadily ideas started to fall in to place.

“I selected The Last Supper by Phillipe de Champaigne, The Anatomy Lesson by Rembrandt, and The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo as the main pieces, and then expanded the series with Rembrandt-inspired portraits.

The Renaissance Series has won Fabris several awards, including the first place International Color Award, One Eyeland Silver Award, and APA Conceptual Award.

See The Renaissance Series in the photo gallery above. For more work by Fabris, check out his website.

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