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Oliver Curtis And His "Wrong" Way Approach to Iconic Monuments!

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Facing the other way is normally taken as a negative concept, meaning to remain ignorant or avoid a problem; but British photographer, Oliver Curtis had something else in mind. His first solo exhibition Volte-Face (September 2016) held in the Pavilion Gallery at the Royal Geographical Society in London, caught the public’s eye not because of what he had managed to photograph but rather, what he had not.

Oliver Curtis travelled the world, with his camera. He visited all the “right” tourist attractions; the most frequently visited places in the world, from the USA, to Europe, to India. But what he photographed was something a little out of the ordinary. Inspired by his trip to the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt back in 2012 where a newly build golf course caught his eye amidst the dry dunes surrounding the iconic pyramids, rather than facing the well known and generically photographed monuments or landmarks, Curtis decided to face the wrong way – creating a series of photographs showing the worlds’ most frequently visited tourist locations, from a completely ignored perspective.

For us, this is how the Taj Mahal looks –

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

And this is the perspective that Oliver Curtis gave:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

When it comes to photography, there may be guidelines telling you what’s right or wrong in terms of technical issues such as lighting and over post processing. But really, photography is a blend of both art and science, and what is art? Art stands for the freedom to creatively express without boundaries. Well, let’s go ahead the wrong way and see some of his amazing work.

Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Oliver Curtis wrong way He clicked:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

His vision:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments His take on the Mona Lisa:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments White House, Washington D.C., USA

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments What he saw:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

And what Oliver Curtis saw:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

The Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments Well, he saw:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments What generally all of us would not click is what Oliver Curtis clicked!

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments Statue of Liberty, New York, USA

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments He clicked:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments Pyramid of Khufu, Giza, Egypt

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Oliver Curtis clicked:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments St. Marks’s Square, Venice, Italy

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments His version of St. Marks’s Square, Venice, Italy

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Mao Mausoleum, Beijing, China

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

What he clicked:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Lenin’s Tomb, Moscow, Russia

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

What he captured:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

His version:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., USA

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Well, he clicked:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

He clicked:

Oliver Curtis And His “Wrong” Way Approach to Iconic Monuments

So, there is no right and wrong when it comes to photography. Every photographer, whether through profession or passion, has or will develop a personal style. Oliver Curtis decided to take a new perspective on generic tourist photography and grabbed attention worldwide through his series. Your passion should not follow footsteps, your passion should make your own!

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