When you open your Instagram app, what sort of photos do you expect to see? Pictures of people’s morning coffee and favorite meals? Selfies at parties and the day’s outfit? If you’re lucky, you may even get a beautiful skyline but, and let’s be honest here, Instagram photos are beginning to become a little bit similar and often lack originality. Thankfully, that’s where Brazilian Illustrator, filmmaker and photographer Lucas Levitan steps in.
Currently based in London, Levitan takes other people’s everyday Instagram posts and adds humorous, silly cartoons before posting them on his own Instagram account where he’s already posted over 600 pictures. Not only do these doodles make the images more interesting, they often add a meaningful narrative. “I search for inspiration in everyday life,” says Levitan, “and turn ordinary objects and scenes into intriguing images that sometimes take shape as illustration, sculptures, installations, paintings or films”
This particular series of images is cheekily named Photo Invasion as he uses other people’s photos and invades them without asking permission. However, Levitan is always sure to tag and mention the original photo’s owner. On Photo Invasion, Levitan states “I try to create a partnership with my drawing and the other photograph. It’s never the intention is taking over, but building a new story, together.”
Take a look at these wonderfully invaded photos! Some will make you think, some may not be safe for work and some have a bit of illustrated gore:
1. Get The Flick Off Of That Cliff Edge!
2. A Little Bit Awkward.
3. Squirrel Selfie.
4. Summer Cleaning.
6. Ice Fishing
7. 100 MPH Knitting.
Levitan Around The World
Levitan’s work has featured in exhibitions around the world, from the Tropicalia at Barbican Art Centre in the UK to the Chicago Museum of Modern Art in the USA and the Panorama of Brazilian Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Brazil. He has also been awarded over a dozen awards including Best Integrated Campaign 2011 at the Revolution Awards and bronze in Promo & Activation at the Dubai Lynx (Cannes Lion) 2011.
In the future, Levitan hopes to display his art throughout London in an exhibition named Art No Cube so that his art will finally be able to invade the physical realms as well the digital.
8. London Weather.
9. The Bass Bridge.
10. This Guy Is Tripping.
11. Welcome To The Cutting Edge City.
12. The Instant Wrinkle Cure Is Finally Here.
13. A True Beach Romance… Or Circus Act.
14. Fun At The Museum.
16. Got Milk?
17. Extreme Jenga.
18. Hide And Seek.
19. London Explained: The First Pidgeon Clock.
20. Teachers These Days…
21. Relaxing By The Pool Side.
22. American Chess.
23. Architecture At It’s Finest.
24. Traffic Stopper.
Never Stop Being Silly
“For me it’s a playful way to celebrate photography, apart of admiring the image itself, I look for a new story hidden on it,” Levitan writes on his Tumblr. “That way I create a new narrative and an unexpected partnership with the photographer.”
Levitan is a prime example of how we can use any resources we are given to create art and inspire creativity in others. Never, ever top being silly and spreading joy!
25. Disclaimer: Not Responsible For Any Injuries That Occur During Tickling.
26. Hanging Out Or Falling Down?
27. Nelson’s Jumping From His Column.
28. Foot Climbing.
29. Continue To Grow.
30. Music Box Ballerina Comes To Life.
31. Northern Seal.
32. Strength Level 9000: The Ultimate Test.
34. All Air.
35. How To: Get An Even Tan.
37. Outdoor Banquet.
38. Bad Santa’s Little Helper.
39. Eiffel Trumpet.
40. Colour Rinse.
Which of Levitan’s photo’s is your particular favourite? Would you be happy if he took one your Instagram photos and ‘invaded’ it? To see more of his work visit his website, Tumblr, Instagram or LinkedIn.
Images: Lucas Levitan
Featured photo credit: Lucas Levitan via photoinvasion.tumblr.com