This Photo of Drunk People in the UK on New Year's Eve is Actually an Artistic Masterpiece

This Photo of Drunk People in the UK on New Year's Eve is Actually an Artistic Masterpiece

True art comes from the most unexpected places: Like photos of wasted New Year's Eve revelers crawling on the sidewalk. Photographer Joel Goodman spent the evening out on the streets of Manchester, U.K., snapping photos of drunk people stumbling through the streets, which were published on the Manchester Evening News website

One photo in particular caught the eye of a producer for BBC news, who tweeted it out with the caption, "So much going on this pic of New Year in Manchester by the Evening News. Like a beautiful painting."

Roland Hughes, you just might be on to something. There's almost poetic quality to the composition of the photograph, evocative of Renaissance frescoes. At least that's what the internet thinks.

As soon as the Twitter-verse got a glimpse of this unintentional masterpiece, people started coming up with their own "interpretations" of the photo.

Cops in the United Kingdom on New Year's Eve.
Source: 
Alastair Grant/AP

Truly creative folks even decided to put some of the characters from the photo into other famous pieces of art.

The enigmatic man in blue, reaching for his beer, reminded many of Michelangelo's work in the Sistine Chapel. Of course.

But some saw him as more ... statuesque.

But few interpretations are more visually pleasing than the original photograph, which, as one art lover helpfully pointed out, fulfills the artistic rules of the golden ratio. So rock on drunk people, you're majestic.

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