September 26, 2016

Wrong Direction

Mona Lisa, Louvre

 

Oliver Curtis' newest project, Volte-Face, is a study of what's directly behind some of the world's most photographed monuments and attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the White House. The series offers a different and unexpected perspective - images of people standing around, an unimpressive field of dirt, remnants of construction work. The point of the exhibit, which was compiled over a period of four years, is to contrast the initially mundane to historical sites that have been captured thousands of times. Talking about his first visit to the pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Oliver Curtis said, “I found this visual sandwich of contrasting color, 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.

 

Stonehedge

 

White House

 

Hollywood Signe, Los Angeles

 

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

 

Taj Mahal, India