How many images have you seen of the Eiffel Tower? The Statue of Liberty? Yellowstone National Park? The Great Wall of China? The Colosseum? Each of these historical landmarks have been visited and photographed a bazillion times. Don’t believe me? Do a Flickr search and type in any landmark and scroll through the pages and pages of photographs – good and bad.
But if you take a look at British photographer Oliver Curtis’ images of these famous landmarks, you may not recognize what you’re looking at. Curtis looks at a famous landmark and turns the “wrong way” to shoot it from the opposite direction, giving viewers a completely new perspective and one many tourists probably never even notice.
The series, Volte-Face, began in 2012 when Curtis was visiting the Pyramids of Giza, he walked the base of the tomb and looked back, facing the “wrong way.” He tells Creative Boom, “Then, in the mid- distance I saw a newly constructed golf course, its fairways an intense green under the late morning sun. I found this visual sandwich of contrasting colour, texture, and form intriguing not simply for the photograph it made but also because of the oddness of my position; standing at one of the great wonders of the world facing the ‘wrong’ way.”
For the last four years, Curtis has visited numerous famous landmarks and has turned the tables on the traditional landmark photograph. His images gives us an oft overlooked view of the throngs of tourists with selfie sticks, debris, and sometimes completely unremarkable landscapes and backgrounds. It’s definitely a new way of seeing things.
You can see Oliver Curtis’ series of images at an exhibition at Royal Geographical Society in the Fall (from September 19th – October 14th 2016. See more of Oliver’s work and projects on his website here.
[Via Bored Panda]