Enamored with the paintings of the Renaissance Period, German photographer Rebecca Rütten created “Contemporary Pieces,” which puts a modern humorous twist on classic Renaissance paintings through its focus on fast food culture.
Rütten says she became interested in the project because of the parallels between class divisions featured in Renaissance art, and the divisions she saw in her own life: “In the Late Renaissance, Italian and Dutch painters dealt with the middle and lower classes. In my opinion, Fast Food Culture represents these two social classes in the United States today. To eat healthy is expensive. However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast food restaurant for a comparatively low price.”
Having her friends model for Renaissance-style portraits, and creating elaborate Fast Food still life photographs, Rütten says she enjoyed the fact that many of them were tattooed and pierced; representing their place as “’Children of the Modern Age,’ having been brought up in the changing America, often defined by the culture of fast food. ” Discussing her decision to take a humorous look at Fast Food culture, Rütten points to the ability of humor to ease tension and allow people to discuss diverse social issues.
You can find more of Rebecca Rütten’s work on her website.
Images courtesy of Rebecca Rütten, used with permission.