Christ the Redeemer, The Great Wall of China, Buckingham Palace, The Mona Lisa – iconic landmarks you’d recognise anywhere. But no matter how familiar you think you are with these sights, this is a perspective you’ve never seen.
It started 12 years ago, when photographer Oliver Curtis travelled to the Pyramids at Giza. Visitors faced the pyramids, jostling for space and fighting for the perfect shot. An idea struck. He turned around and snapped a photo.
That image evolved into a series over the next dozen years. Called “Volte-face”, the project is a unique take on travel photography. Instead of focusing on the landmark, Curtis takes his shots in the wrong direction, capturing the view looking away from the monument. The images are a playful reminder that there is life around each one, perhaps as interesting as the monument itself. Viewers and travellers alike are challenged to expand their perspectives.
“Volte-face” will premier as Curtis’ first solo exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society in September 2016. In the meantime, there’s more to see here. Can you guess each location?