Oliver Curtis posed as the anti-tourist for his Volte-face series of photographers. Curtis' series focuses on some of the world's most photographed and visited tourist sites like historic sites, buildings and monuments, but from the perspective of the monument. All of the photographs face away from the monuments and capture the moments that are rarely photographed at these world famous sites.
The series was taken over a period of four years and includes 24 images. The exhibition on the Volte-face series will be held at London's Royal Geographical Society. The sites include the Statue of Liberty (NY, USA), the Mona Lisa (Louvre, Paris, France), Lenin's Tomb (Moscow, Russia) and Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
The photographs in the series are almost as captivating as the sites they were taken at. The alternative perspective offers a more quiet and reflective angle of world-famous monuments.
The 'Volte-Face' Series Showcases the Reverse of Famous Monuments
1. Reverse Perspective Photography - Capturing famous tourist sites from the perspective of the monument, offering a unique and alternative view.
2. Anti-tourist Travel Experiences - Providing tourists with offbeat and unconventional travel experiences that challenge traditional sightseeing practices.
3. Reflection and Contemplation Tourism - Creating tourism experiences that prioritize quiet, reflective moments at famous monuments and landmarks.
1. Photography - Opportunities for photographers to explore new perspectives and challenge traditional approaches to composition.
2. Travel and Tourism - Innovating travel experiences that cater to unconventional tourists seeking unique and authentic encounters.
3. Art and Culture - Creating exhibitions and events that showcase alternative perspectives and challenge mainstream representations of famous landmarks.