Director Alfred Hitchcock famously said that “drama is life with the dull bits cut out”. Legendary playwright Oscar Wilde is known for arguing that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”. Wilde developed the philosophical position called anti-mimesis, which argues that “what is found in life and nature is not what is really there, but is that which artists have taught people to find there, through art”.
Although the art you will see in this series of photos is not the Mona Lisa or Washington Crossing the Delaware, they show how the mimicry between what’s alive and what’s still, can easily erase the boundaries between reality and fiction, resulting in unforeseen but fascinating outcomes.
1. Distant relatives
2. “OMG, I’m famous!”
3. Heads and tails
5. When life imitates clay animation
6. ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog’ by Dylan Thomas
7. The Butterfly Effect