Photographer Visits Famous Landmarks, Faces The Wrong Direction

Photographer Oliver Curtis has spent several years going to famous tourism objects and landmarks, and pointing his camera in the opposite direction, therefore purposefully capturing the famous landmarks without the actual landmark.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

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Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist locations... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

Famous tourist location... facing the wrong direction.

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  1. Anonymous May 1, 2019

    Actually, this makes me feel like I’ve been there! Love it!

  2. Geoff May 2, 2019

    It adds a context to these landmarks. The Pyramid of The Sun, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Pyramid of Khufu are very different from what I would have expected.

  3. Meh May 2, 2019

    Actually, some of these are b.s., in the sense that he is NOT facing in the >opposite< direction. For example, the view opposite St. Peter's is quite spectacular on its own merit. Ditto for Lincoln's Memorial. Etc.

  4. Anonymous May 2, 2019

    this could catch on

  5. Anonymous May 2, 2019

    I like the Idea, but like Meh said, a few are not the opposite direction as those views would be beautiful of themselves.

  6. Anonymous May 2, 2019

    Same goes for the Reichstag – the exact opposite is a large square without any buildings. The view on the picture is sideways.

  7. Anonymous May 2, 2019

    It said “wrong” not “opposite” direction

  8. Neha Shirlekar May 3, 2019

    yeah it makes us realise the pain of these famous landmarks.look what THEY have to see all the time :p

  9. Anonymous May 3, 2019

    I call bs. Khufu is no where near a drop or greenery like that. I should know. I walked a mile radius around it 2 months ago. You’d have to walk about 40-60 minutes (minimum) to get a view like that from Khufu.

  10. Anonymous May 3, 2019

    The view opposite the Hollywood sign is a beautiful vista across Los Angeles to the ocean. Tis picture is far down the hill from the sign.

  11. Anonymous May 4, 2019

    it is revolutionary

  12. Anonymous May 4, 2019

    it’s wicked funny

  13. Richie May 4, 2019

    Please help. I’m stuck in a phone box in Portland Square , Bristol BS2.

  14. Anonymous May 4, 2019

    it’s not even an original idea, somebody else did the same thing with Ansel Adams subjects years ago …

  15. Anonymous May 4, 2019

    Original idea or not, facing precisely the opposite or not, it creates an interesting narrative of the places that we usually see in “postcard” (or Instagram) photos. I actually really like the idea and the story the images tell.

  16. Anonymous May 5, 2019

    also its Bundestag not Reichstag, we are in the present!

  17. Anonymous May 5, 2019

    The headline says the photographer faced the “wrong” way, not the “opposite” way. Those are 2 different words.

  18. Kimberly May 5, 2019

    Gorgeous perspectives.

  19. Anonymous May 5, 2019

    “also its Bundestag not Reichstag, we are in the present!” The official name of the building is still Plenarbereich Reichstagsgebäude or short Reichstagsgebäude / Reichstag. The Bundestag is the organ which is assembled in the building. So refering to the building as Reichstag is correct, it’s even on the offical signposts in Berlin.

  20. Wendy May 5, 2019

    The greenery from the Pyramid of Kufu picture is actually the golf course from the Mena House Hotel. It is quite close, but this picture makes it look a lot closer being taken from higher up on the pyramid. I’ve been there twice on vacation – fabulous trip.

  21. Paul May 6, 2019

    awesome original idea; indeed, “Actually, this makes me feel like I’ve been there! Love it!”

  22. SADA May 7, 2019

    This works for me– makes me feel like i saw the monuments in perspective

  23. Anonymous July 1, 2019

    I love it. Having been to some of those places. I feel I’ve been there again.

  24. Anonymous August 4, 2019

    Objections aside these are fascinating scenes.

  25. Anonymous August 5, 2019

    The problem with the standard photos of these places is a lack of context. Before I visited the pyramids, Venice, and a few other well-photographed places, I could not imagine their placement. I was surprised to see apartment buildings not far from the pyramids. Venice was also a surprise, because I never imagined it in such a large lagoon, with other populated islands. Tourists can become overwhelmed by such places, and just point their cameras directly at what has already been photographed millions of times. Perhaps these photos are not your cup of tea, but a photograph with some context or human interest. One of my favourite photos I captured at the Great Pyramid, is a camel with it’s legs folded underneath its body, with part of the pyramid in the background. It could be argued that this is a boring, standard tourist photo. Yes, it is, but it became a favourite when my preschool grandson asked we why the camel was standing in a hole. With its legs out of sight, it did look like it was standing in a hole, and I will forever see the photo that way.

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