I am a tourist.
Truth be told, for a long time, I was convinced I wasn't. I was rather thinking of myself as a traveller, a wanderer, sometimes even an adventurer.
I was traveling around the world, being judgmental of my fellow travelers, photographing them and thinking I was ’different’. Eventually, I came to realize that I wasn’t, that we are all somebody’s tourist, incurably so.
According to the World Tourism Organization, 2012 was the first year to see one billion tourists travel internationally. ONE BILLION.
What does that mean, if you step back and think about it for a minute?
I personally believe that the way we travel and visit places has a lot to say about who we are and where we are headed to, as a society. Commercialism, digitalization, globalization, standardization, conformism, individualism, connectivity, dematerialization, instantaneity, ubiquity: tourism can be seen as a mirror of our times.
Tell me how you travel and I will tell you who you are.
These photographs are my vision and my experience of it. My "anti-postcard", if you will. So welcome aboard.