During the London riots in the summer of 2011, London-born photographer Nick Stern hit upon the idea of recreating the iconic Banksy Flower Thrower image using a real person. Stern enlisted a friend to act as the model, and the picture (above) was so widely shared that Stern continued the work.
Two sets of photos in the You Are Not Banksy series have been released so far. After the first set’s release, Stern told an interviewer he was “amazed and flattered” by the photos having gone viral. He also intimated a desire to continue the You Are Not Banksy series, and now he has. He released the second set this week.
Some of our favorites from both photo sets, juxtaposed with their Banksy inspirations, are collected below. The full series can be viewed at Nick Stern‘s site, where prints of his works may also be purchased.