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Opera Hotel in Praga posted by @accidentallywesanderson
Pastel colours, front frames and austere, stylised symmetry: American film director Wes Anderson nurtures the quite peculiar aesthetic sense we already discussed about. With a little exercise, anyone might learn to spot hints of Wes Anderson here and there, whether speaking of interiors or real cities.
A thread on Reddit started earlier this year with name “Accidental Wes Anderson”, where users shared photographs of real-world architecture and locations that look like his sets.
Wally Koval, a self-professed fan of Wes Anderson and architect/travelling enthusiast, was inspired enough to take the idea to Instagram and create Accidentally Wes Anderson, which relies on a wide community of engaged explorers with a keen eye from any corner of the world who submit tons of submissions on a weekly basis.
Buildings, interiors, real-life landscapes seemingly popped out from The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom or The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou: although angles may change, there is a clear fil rouge linking them all: “Each photo must have a symmetrical composition, a typically pastel color palette, and a touch of nostalgia”, Koval explains to Vogue.
“Really what it comes down to is not just one particular detail, but rather all of them combined into a shot that moves you in some way—and I think that comes across in everything Wes Anderson produces.” The community received official recognition last month, when Koval was allowed to exclusively share the artwork for Anderson’s upcoming film, Isle of Dogs.
What about the most Wes Anderson city? “We were lucky enough to have recently visited Budapest and Istanbul – both overflowing with rich history, breathtaking facades and amazing architecture that lends itself to the aesthetic,” Koval tells the Guardian. Berlin and Copenhagen, are also regulars.
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