Leo Caillard, a master of urban design ideas, created this series of innovative ideas involving hipster clothes on sculptures. He made these hilariously ironic photographs by first photographing classical nude sculptures and then photographing his friends in the same poses wearing a variety of hipster outfits, from denim shirts and wayfarers to ankle-cuffed jeans and varsity jackets. After this, he edited the photos to place the clothes on the sculptures.
These sculptures have been revered for years for the amazing craftsmanship that went into painstakingly carving their forms. They exhibit jaw-droppingly precise musculature, beautiful faces and hair, and perfect proportions. Strangely, seeing them in outfits that would be more at home in a tiny, artisan coffee shop in New York immediately transports these ancient sculptures to today, giving them a more modern, contemporary kind of perfection.
The most important thing that this series of pictures proves is that, though we’re taught never to judge based on outward appearance, we all still do it. The minute we see these human forms in a dress or a plaid shirt, we place them in mental categories based on these style choices. The photos beg the question of why it was so important to sculpt the ancient Greeks in the nude, when so much of how we form our opinions of people comes from looking at how they choose to dress themselves.
Obviously, these photos aren’t suggesting that ancient Greeks and Romans actually dressed in these fine hipster threads. Instead, the photographer uses outfits founded in hipster inspiration to challenge our notions of character, identity, and lifestyle choices.