Anybody who's visited any of the world's major tourist sites recently will know how difficult it is to get a perfect photograph. It's almost impossible to take a good snap without also snapping hundreds of selfie sticks (not literally. Although there's an idea...), but this photographer has come up with a unique way to avoid the crowds - he simply takes his pictures from the wrong direction.


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The series is called Volte-face, and the man behind the camera is British photographer Oliver Curtis. His inspiration came in 2012 when Curtis was visiting the Pyramids of Giza. “In the mid-distance I saw a newly constructed golf course, its fairways an intense green,” he said on Creative Boom. “I found this visual sandwich of contrasting color, texture and form intriguing...because of the oddness of my position; standing at one of the great wonders of the world facing the ‘wrong’ way.”

You can see Volte-face at the Royal Geographical Society in London from September 19 until October 14. Just make sure you're facing the right way.

More info: Oliver Curtis (h/t: creative boom, PetaPixel)

#1 Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Ginger Prudholme 5 months ago

Beautiful!

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#2 Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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Megan Pawlak 5 months ago

Wow. Fog-a-palooza

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#3 Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France

Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France

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Judy Wanderi 5 months ago

I did this too, and was in awe of how much detail the photo opposite the Mona Lisa has, I was more captivated by it than the hordes that were gawking at Mona Lisa.

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#4 Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Parthenon, Athens, Greece

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SnoopyCereal 5 months ago

This is my favorite!

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#5 St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

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Julie Perrissel 5 months ago

He is not the only one pointing the camera in the wrong direction on that one!

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#6 Pyramid Of Khufu, Giza, Egypt

Pyramid Of Khufu, Giza, Egypt

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Megan Pawlak 5 months ago

Wow. So much greenery!

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#7 Statue Of Liberty, New York, Usa

Statue Of Liberty, New York, Usa

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Kaatz 5 months ago

I thought for a second that lamps is eyes. :D

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#8 Mao Mausoleum, Beijing, China

Mao Mausoleum, Beijing, China

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Yvonne Bernal 5 months ago

Hey look.... it's a mass-selfie convention!

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#9 White House, Washington D.c., Usa

White House, Washington D.c., Usa

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.gas. 5 months ago

I love this park! I spend a lot of time there when we visit, just staring at the White House and watching the people go by.

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#10 Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Kaatz 5 months ago

That poor tree.

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#11 Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

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Anne Rouffignac 5 months ago

"Dude, you're facing he wrong way!"

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#12 Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

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Anna Skřečková 5 months ago

This is best side of Reichstag =)

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#13 Stonehenge, Wiltshire, Uk

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, Uk

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Megan Pawlak 5 months ago

Who brought the donuts?

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#14 Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.c., Usa

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.c., Usa

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#15 Lenin's Tomb, Moscow, Russia

Lenin's Tomb, Moscow, Russia

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Nate Carney 5 months ago

Truly a Kodak moment.

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