Famous landmarks shot "from the wrong direction"

Pictured here is the Taj Mahal as seen from the Taj Mahal, by photographer Oliver Curtis. Curtis spent years creating a photo set of famous landmarks as they have never been seen—literally!

Brought up in the Cotswolds, Oliver began his photographic education studying photography at the renowned course at Filton Technical College in Bristol. He went on to study film and television at the London College of Printing and has been balancing work in stills and moving image ever since.

His first solo exhibition entitled Volte-face will premier at London's Royal Geographical Society in September 2016.

Taken over a period of four years, Volte-face is a series of images taken at the world’s most photographed historic sites, buildings and monuments - but looking away from them. To coincide with the exhibition at the RGS a book of the project, featuring an essay by Geoff Dyer, will be published by Dewi Lewis Publishing Ltd.

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  1. This reminds me of all the bizarro-selfiies our parents took, back in the day. A bunch of their vacation pictures don't even have themselves in them. I know!

  2. That "wrong direction" picture of the Taj Mahal is staggeringly beautiful but I'd also like to see what it looks like without the fog obscuring the city beyond.

  3. Reminds me of my Grandmother's 8mm home movies. She would inevitably accidentally lock down the shutter button, and end up taking movies of things she never intended, and only found out once the film came back from the developer. There's nothing like sitting through a film of 5 and a half minutes of the interior of a camera bag.

  4. Back in the 80s I fantasized about a book of just this kind of pictures. I worked as a background designer for an animated TV show. Every episode featured some famous real-world location. Finding reference for landmarks was easy. However we also had to design reverse angles for each location. What is across the street from the Chartres cathedral? Today, with Google Earth, it's not much of a problem. Back then we had only print sources, and travel photographers never seemed to turn around and shoot backward from the cathedral steps. We imagined sending a photographer around the globe to collect reverse angles of the world's notable locations.

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