Most of us have a camera or a camera phone in our hands, all the time. And, we have grown the habit of taking photographs of things, buildings, people, animals, happenings etc. whenever we feel like it. Sometimes, these photos turn out to be one in a million because of their unique content that becomes much more valuable, later.
“Accidental Renaissance” is one such type of photography that you yourself might end up doing one day, or have already done. What is “Accidental Renaissance”?
Accidental renaissance photography is when you happen to click a photo that is high quality in composition, style, lighting, and may be a bit like a classical painting.
In fact, there is a community devoted solely for this type of photography. r/AccidentalRenaissance seeks for photography that “accidentally resembles the types of art popular from the 14th-19th centuries.” This subreddit formed in 2014 has been able to gather over 748K members known as “universal personae”. They are in the hunt for daily snaps that come with complex narratives, prictorial colors, dramatic compositions, and sophisticated lighting.
Its moderator u/openminded_skeptic had stated in an interview with Bored Panda that the first photo that caused this subreddit to form was of a fight in the Ukranian Parliament.
“Several people in the post expressed interest in a subreddit featuring photos that accidentally resembled Renaissance art (although the actual photo technically is more along the lines of Baroque art in coloring and lighting, the Golden Ratio spiral superimposed on it notwithstanding), and this subreddit was created.”