OTHER PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHING
In this series, I explore public photographic behavior in relation to tourism – what do people point their cameras at when they travel? How does the act of photographing structure the experience of a place? Why do so many people photograph the same things that others photograph? I am interested our collective need to point cameras at the unfamiliar – people, places, cultures – and the ways in which the things we photograph, individually and collectively, reveal what we want to remember, how we want to see ourselves and have others see our lives. These photographs document the role of photography within the the experience of travel, which is always present, yet not visible, in most travel photographs.
And the camera does get pointed back at me – in three of the images below, people photograph me while I photograph them, both of us conscious of being the photographer and subject simultaneously, both of us participating in photography as an act of verifying and knowing our experiences of tourism.