Holidays

Spring has finally sprung. Holidays are around the corner and everybody tends now to apply strategies to get the most of this beautiful weather and their spare time. I live in a touristic place in Switzerland where I have the chance to meet a lot of people from all around the world. And with the 30 degrees we are having here at the moment, there is a queue in front of the swimming pool, the beaches are crowded as are all seeking the same things: sunbathing, eating ice cream and taking pictures in front of visited sights.

These scenes remind me of Martin Parr, a photographer that has explored the theme of tourists and their behaviours on holidays. According his point of view, “visiting sites is a modern form of pilgrimage and the resulting photos the ultimate price.” His pictures show the contradiction between the places we all know such the Eiffel Tower and the reality of actually being at an iconic site.

Martin Parr, Spain, Benidorm, 1997

Martin Parr, Spain, Benidorm, 1997

JAPAN. Miyazaki. The Artificial beach inside the Ocean Dome. 1996.Martin Parr, Miyagazi, the artificial beach inside the Ocean Dome, 1996

Martin Parr, Italy, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, 1990Martin Parr, Italy, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, 1990

Martin Parr, thailand hua hin, 2012

Martin Parr, Thailand, Hua Hin, 2012

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