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.

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)

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Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Ginger Prudholme 3 years ago

Beautiful!

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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Megan Pawlak 3 years ago

Wow. Fog-a-palooza

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Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France

Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France

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Judy Wanderi 3 years 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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Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Parthenon, Athens, Greece

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SnoopyCereal 3 years ago

This is my favorite!

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St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

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Julie Perrissel 3 years ago

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

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Pyramid Of Khufu, Giza, Egypt

Pyramid Of Khufu, Giza, Egypt

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Megan Pawlak 3 years ago

Wow. So much greenery!

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Statue Of Liberty, New York, Usa

Statue Of Liberty, New York, Usa

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Kaatz 3 years ago

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

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Mao Mausoleum, Beijing, China

Mao Mausoleum, Beijing, China

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Yvonne Bernal 3 years ago

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

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White House, Washington D.c., Usa

White House, Washington D.c., Usa

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.gas. 3 years 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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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Kaatz 3 years ago

That poor tree.

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Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

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Anne Rouffignac 3 years ago

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

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Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

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Anna Skřečková 3 years ago

This is best side of Reichstag =)

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Stonehenge, Wiltshire, Uk

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, Uk

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Megan Pawlak 3 years ago

Who brought the donuts?

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Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.c., Usa

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.c., Usa

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Lenin's Tomb, Moscow, Russia

Lenin's Tomb, Moscow, Russia

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Nate Carney 3 years ago

Truly a Kodak moment.

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World Trade Centre, New York, Usa

World Trade Centre, New York, Usa

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Antonia 3 years ago

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Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

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Kaatz 3 years ago

Nice butts.

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Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, Usa

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, Usa

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Rasa Nekrošienė 3 years ago

Ha Ha :D

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St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Vatican

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Anne Rouffignac 3 years ago

It's impossible to take a bad picture in Rome!

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Toma Lucie 3 years ago

Real life Barcelona ❤️

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Great Wall Of China, Mutianyu, China

Great Wall Of China, Mutianyu, China

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Patti Hand 3 years ago

ahhh commercialism at its finest :)

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Buckingham Palace, London, Uk

Buckingham Palace, London, Uk

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Katta Larsson 3 years ago

Is the guy on the left a ballet dancer considering the position hos feet are in ????????

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Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico

Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico

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Angel Of Independence, Mexico City, Mexico

Angel Of Independence, Mexico City, Mexico

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dora sim 3 years ago

All the social commentary in this one...

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Arbeit Macht Frei Gates, Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland

Arbeit Macht Frei Gates, Auschwitz, Oswiecim, Poland

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Jeanne Deaux 3 years ago

That's ... very disturbing. But, well, what isn't disturbing in Auschwitz?

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Ministry Of Internal Affairs, Place Of The Revolution, Bucharest, Romania

Ministry Of Internal Affairs, Place Of The Revolution, Bucharest, Romania

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North Korean Jsa, Dmz, Panmunjeon, Korea

North Korean Jsa, Dmz, Panmunjeon, Korea

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Kaatz 3 years ago

Take a photo of a solider in North-Korea is risky.

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La Moneda Palace, Santiago, Chile

La Moneda Palace, Santiago, Chile

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Tomás Figueroa 3 years ago

Why the hell pacos always appear in chilean pictures??? This country is more than that!!!

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Cell 5, Block B, Robben Island, South Africa

Cell 5, Block B, Robben Island, South Africa

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#30

Monument For Democracy, Bangkok, Thailand

Monument For Democracy, Bangkok, Thailand

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Andreea Arsene 3 years ago

This guy traveles a lot. Damn

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