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London Underground Commuters Turned Into 16th Century-Style Artwork

Finding moments of beauty in the dreariness of the commute.

22/06/2016 13:32

Anyone who regularly uses the London Underground would probably scoff at the idea that there is beauty to be found in the sweaty commute.

But one artist has his own way of finding beauty amid the drudgery.

Matt Crabtree, a photographer who has lived in London since the mid-90s, has started using his commute to take snaps of his fellow commuters on the Tube.

But he then goes on to retouch the images to transform the images of his subjects into 16th century-style artworks.

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He explained on his website that he shoots, re-touches and posts his images all while travelling on the Underground. 

Crabtree told The Daily Telegraph that he was first inspired by a woman wearing a velvet hood in a "classically timeless pose", which brought to mind Renaissance portraiture.

He said: "I looked around and suddenly couldn't see anything else but many other people held in their own timeless, introspective, quiet, personal moments. Like a perfect 300-year-old artistic sitting."

He added: "suppose that's what interests me in these beautiful moments of people enjoying their brief bubble of time of solitude, whilst surrounded by others."

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