Lucas Levitan is a Brazilian illustrator based in London.
He tells BuzzFeed News: "I’ve been drawing my entire life, but have kept my drawings hidden away while I was doing art projects and making my living as a creative director in advertising."
"Last year, whilst standing on Redchurch Street in East London, a brick fell from the fourth floor scaffolding of a building site and missed me by millimeters. It made me think I should be doing more or what I love: drawing."
"Photo Invasion is a cross-over of two of my passions, illustration and photography. I started by illustrating my own pictures..."
"...but after a while I thought it might be interesting to mix and match partnerships with other friends and photographers."
"I've chosen Instagram as a platform to hunt for my 'victims'."
"I started this project slightly worried as I couldn't predict if the victims were going to love it or hate it."
"Close friends and family were my first victims but...I got more courageous and I started to invade people's I have never had...contact [with] before."
Levitan feels the project "embraces the essence of social media behaviour."
He says: "I always treat my victims with respect, crediting the photographer and creating a fantastic relationship between the victim and the thief (myself)."
"It's a celebration of image-making and partnership through creativity."
"When creating my images, I [find] myself laughing alone on my desk while I'm drawing them."
Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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