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Photographer photographs tourists who are busy photographing the landscape

By Staff

  • Capturing the moment One of the photographs in the project Tourists (2015) by the Swedish based photographer Raffaele Piano. Photo/Raffaele Piano

While most foreign visitors in Iceland photograph waterfalls, hot springs, cliffs and black sands the Italian born but Swedish based photographer Raffaele Piano spent the summer working on a very different photography project: Photographing the landscape photographing tourists! 


Tourists (2015) By Dettifoss waterfall in North Iceland. Photo/Raffaele

Raffaelo describes the project on his tumbler as a study in how we perceive tourist spots – but it is obviously also a study in human behaviour and man’s relationship to nature. The photographs record the moments tourists are eager to capture, but from a very different angle. From Raffaelo’s website:

"Tourists is a ongoing exploration of images taken at tourist spots across the world. The project explores how we perceive tourist spots, and how this perception affects technological advancements in photo equipment. The ratio of the photos correlates to the ratio of panoramic and standard postcard sizes found in tourist shops. The first series of photos in this project were taken in Iceland during the summer of 2015."

There is a beautiful absurdity in some of the pictures, where the hurried tourists, popping out of tour buses to capture a fleeting glimpse of the landscape with the latest technology, iPhones, selfie-sticks and expensive photo equipment, are juxtaposed with the unmoving, ancient landscape.


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