#IamATourist

"We all have an image of what a place looks like, especially if it is an iconic site like the Pyramids or the Eiffel Tower. But when we get there the reality can often be quite different. Many others are trying to see the same place at the same time. The site will be full of shops all trying to sell stuff. (...) We need to adopt a better understanding of the issues surrounding this huge business. These photographs, I hope, will offer a good starting point." This is what Martin Parr wrote on a beach in Thailand in March 2012 and what introduces his portfolio of 100 photographs published by Reporters Without Borders that year. Below is my own vision and experience of what tourism can be, of what it can mean. My "anti postcard" if you will. Keeping everything in proportion, it can modestly be seen as the continuation of Mr. Parr's work (which I wasn't aware of, by the way, when I started this back in 2008). Here you'll see less VHS recorders and speedos, but more iPhones and selfie sticks. Enjoy the trip!

Florence (Italy), July 2008
Florence (Italy), July 2008
Florence (Italy), July 2008
Beijing (China), September 2008
Hidden City, Beijing (China), September 2008
Hidden City, Beijing (China), September 2008
Hidden City, Beijing (China), September 2008
Hidden City, Beijing (China), September 2008
Taj Mahal, Agra (India), April 2009
Taj Mahal, Agra (India), April 2009
Taj Mahal, Agra (India), April 2009
Taj Mahal, Agra (India), April 2009
Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), March 2010
Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), March 2010
Florence (Italy), April 2010
Florence (Italy), April 2010
Florence (Italy), April 2010
Borobudur, Java (Indonesia), July 2010
Prambanan, Java (Indonesia), July 2010
Sigiriya (Sri Lanka), July 2011
Sigiriya (Sri Lanka), July 2011
Sigiriya (Sri Lanka), July 2011
Sigiriya (Sri Lanka), July 2011
Bromo Volcano, Java (Indonesia), July 2010
Bromo Volcano, Java (Indonesia), July 2010
Bromo Volcano, Java (Indonesia), July 2010
Asakusa, Tokyo (Japan), November 2011
Asakusa, Tokyo (Japan), November 2011
Duomo, Milan (Italy), April 2012
Duomo, Milan (Italy), April 2012
Duomo, Milan (Italy), April 2012
Times Square, New York (USA), May 2012
Times Square, New York (USA), May 2012
Times Square, New York (USA), May 2012
MoMA, New York (USA), May 2012
MoMA, New York (USA), May 2012
Top of the Rock, New York (USA), May 2012
Top of the Rock, New York (USA), May 2012
Top of the Rock, New York (USA), May 2012
Ground Zero, New York (USA), May 2012
Ground Zero, New York (USA), May 2012
Ground Zero, New York (USA), May 2012
Times Square, New York (USA), May 2012
Wembley Stadium, London (UK), August 2012
Wembley Stadium, London (UK), August 2012
River Thames, London (UK), August 2012
River Thames, London (UK), August 2012
Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura (Myanmar), August 2012
Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura (Myanmar), August 2012
Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura (Myanmar), August 2012
Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura (Myanmar), August 2012
Amarapura (Myanmar), August 2012
Bagan (Myanmar), August 2012
Bagan (Myanmar), August 2012
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Istanbul (Turkey), May 2013
Point Reyes, California (USA), August 2013
San Francisco, California (USA), August 2013
San Francisco, California (USA), August 2013
San Francisco, California (USA), August 2013
Sausalito, California (USA), August 2013
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Holocaust Memorial, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Holocaust Memorial, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Holocaust Memorial, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Berlin Wall, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin (Germany), October 2013
Lalibela (Ethiopia), May 2014
French Open, Paris (France), May 2014
Rome (Italy), June 2014
Granada (Nicaragua), July 2014
Masaya Volcano (Nicaragua), July 2014
Masaya Volcano (Nicaragua), July 2014
Masaya Volcano (Nicaragua), July 2014
Granada (Nicaragua), July 2014
Cerro Negro Volcano (Nicaragua), July 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Berlin (Germany), November 2014
Chamonix (France), April 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Vatican City, May 2015
Vatican City, May 2015
Vatican City, May 2015
Vatican City, May 2015
Vatican City, May 2015
Vatican City, May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Rome (Italy), May 2015
Sardinia (Italy), June 2015
Sardinia (Italy), June 2015
Luang Prabang (Laos), August 2015
Luang Prabang (Laos), August 2015
Luang Prabang (Laos), August 2015
Cliffs of Moher (Ireland), November 2015
Cliffs of Moher (Ireland), November 2015
Montréal (Canada), July 2016
Whale watching, Saguenay Fjord (Canada), July 2016
Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), November 2016
Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), November 2016
Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), November 2016
Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), November 2016
On the road to Glencoe (Scotland), November 2016
On the road to Glencoe (Scotland), November 2016
On the road to Glencoe (Scotland), November 2016
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