This Photographer Points His Camera The “Wrong Way” At The World's Most Iconic Spots

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This picture was taken at the famous Statue of Liberty, New York

The series, taken over a period of four years, is called ‘Volte-face’ by British photographer Oliver Curtis, and it consists of pictures taken while pointing the camera in the opposite side, instead of aiming at the landmark. With a totally different perspective in mind, he favours the incidental over the monumental, and his inspiration for this came to him in 2012 when Curtis was visiting the Pyramids of Giza. He turned around and looked in the direction he came from, and was so fascinated by what he saw that from then on, he has never forgotten to turn around at some of world’s most photographed historic sites and monuments. And, that’s how Volte-face was born. He has travelled the globe, and is the creator of this series which is immensely popular despite the fact that none of the pictures have the popular landmarks they were taken at!

He told Creative Boom, “After walking around the base of the tomb I found myself looking back out in the direction I had arrived from, with the pyramid behind me. Intersecting the horizon under a veil of smog lay the city of Giza. Immediately in front of me and under my feet, the sand of the desert was adorned with an assortment of human detritus; litter, pieces of rusted metal, a large rubber washer and a torn hessian sack... 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."

Let's look at his work to see how it differs from the conventional pictures taken by photographers all over the world.

1) Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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This is what he captured

2) Christ The Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This is what he captured

3) Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

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His picture

4) Mona Lisa, The Louvre, Paris

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His picture had someone looking at the painting opposite the Mona Lisa

5) St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

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6) Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

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His click

7) Great Wall of China, Mutianyu, China

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This is what he captured

8) Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

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His image

9) Angel of Independence, Mexico City, Mexico

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This is what he saw when he turned around

10) Partheneon, Athens, Greece

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This is what is opposite this historic site

11) White House, Washington D.C., USA

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His picture

12) Stonehenge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

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His image

13) Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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This is what he saw

14) St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Vatican

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His photo

15) Monument of Democracy, Bangkok, Thailand

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His photo

16) La Moneda Palace, Santiago, Chile

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His click

17) Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom

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What he saw opposite the Queen's residence

18) Colosseum, Rome, Italy

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Opposite the historic Roman monument

Check out more of his photos on his website.

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Different perspective. I would like to know when he visited these places, lol most of them are not crowded..
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