Whenever you see a photo of famous landmarks like the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids of Giza, the view is always the same. Very rarely does an image reveal what surrounds the area. Most of the time we depend on our brains to imagine what is behind places like the Mao Mausoleum in Beijing, China.
Photographer Oliver Curtis spent four years visiting iconic landmarks and photographing the opposite direction. His series Volte-face does not reveal the monument, landscape or structure, rather, it shows viewers a different vantage point of overlooked areas.
His exhibition will be in full display at the Royal Geographical Society in London, England from September 19th, to October 14th, 2016. In the meantime you can enjoy a sneak peek at Volte-face.
It was on a trip to Egypt when he went to visit the Pyramid Of Khufu, Giza that the idea to photograph the opposite direction came to him.
He said when he visits a particular landscape he never really knows what he is going to see. Here you still see a beautiful view from the Christ The Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Curtis feels that although the main attraction is not present in the photograhs, the aura of the place is very much there. An opposite view of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India.
In essence, Curtis is shooting photos from the perspective of the monument like Lenin's Tomb in Moscow, Russia.