This Photo Of People Falling Over On New Year’s Eve Is Being Compared To Renaissance Art

“It’s very well-weighted, like a Caravaggio.”

The scene near the Printworks venue in Manchester city centre last night. Joel Goodman

This photo, by photographer Joel Goodman, was posted in a New Year’s Eve party gallery on the Manchester Evening News website under the caption “Police hold on to a man while another lies in the road”.

It didn’t take long for people to start comparing the image to fine art.

Specifically Renaissance art.

People began to point out it appeared to adhere to the “golden ratio” of proportioning in art.

@Elizigan @SwiftOnSecurity

— Jose Jacas (@josejacas)

Some people tried their hand at turning the photo into an actual painting.

@hughesroland @ajlanghorn I had a go at turning it into a watercolour with Waterlogue

— Ben Darlow (@kapowaz)

This effort wouldn’t look out of place in The Lowry.

@hughesroland @paul_tomkins

— The Wolf of Whatever (@mjlovatt_LFC)

Others started to realise who might be the real subject of the “painting”.

@Elizigan It's the guy who has almost lost his trousers but miraculously saved his beer that moves me:

— Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy)

Leading, somewhat inevitably, to this:



Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Goodman said he was delighted to see his photo being likened to Renaissance paintings.

“It’s a lovely and flattering comparison, especially in the context of a category of photography that’s too often derided,” he said.

Goodman, a freelance photographer from Manchester, said he believed anything could be considered art.

“There are street photographers who regularly make art of these sort of scenes,” he said. “Why not? There are lots of different ways to photograph the same scene.”

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