What familiar images come to mind when creating your own personal travel bucket lists? The Eiffel Tower in Paris? Big Ben in London? The Taj Mahal in India? The pyramids in Egypt? Perspective is everything and traveling to faraway lands can help transform the ways we think about and see the world. Observing the world in a new way helps enlighten us and expand our minds to understand that the universe is one mighty big place, but it is how we process what we see that impacts us the most.
British photographer Oliver Curtis decided to flip the script on this idea and challenge the stereotypical images we associate with visiting famous landmarks throughout the world and, instead, put his own creative spin on things. Curtis visited each place with a singular goal in mind: photograph the landmarks with his camera pointing in the opposite direction.
He found inspiration for his series,Volte-face, a few years ago while visiting the Pyramids of Giza. When Curtis noticed a vibrant green golf course in the distance, a stark contrast to the ancient ruins he was there to see, he knew he had tapped into his creative source and decided then and there to photograph landmarks with his camera facing “backwards.”
The idea evolved into a full-scale project and Volte-face can be viewed at the Royal Geographical Society in London September 19 to October 14.
Take a look at his images below and see the world’s most sought after locations from a different perspective…
The “Mona Lisa” – The Louvre, Paris, France
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
St. Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy
Mao Mausoleum, Beijing, China
The White House, Washington, D.C.