When you visit a famous landmark, the first thing you’re likely to see is a horde of tourists snapping selfies all over the place. Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose visits these landmarks, but she takes anti-selfies: weirdly hilarious images in which she plays dead. She brings them all together in the project titled STEFDIES and it’s a stance against selfies and the mindless self-absorption they carry with them.
Photographing famous landmarks is something most of us do when we travel. It’s always a nice memory, but honestly speaking – it’s hard to make these photos original. But British photographer Rich McCor (or Paper Boyo) has found a way to do it. His photos of landmarks are definitely unique, yet the solution he found is stunningly simple.
Rich uses black paper cutouts and transforms the landmarks into something completely new. In his photos, Big Ben becomes a wrist watch, London Eye is a bicycle wheel, and Arc de Triomphe transforms into a Lego figurine. He gives something so familiar a whole new context and it’s really fun to see the transformation.
World-famous Azure Window in Malta is no more. After heavy storms, the limestone arch collapsed into the sea and vanished completely. Photographers who took their photos are glad they did it while it was still there, and the rest of us are regretting not having a chance to take our own. One of the most iconic landmarks in Europe has been completely ruined, as if it never existed.
Having just returned from Paris, I spent some time photographing a few of the world’s most famous landmarks.
Some of these photos are just my personal vacation photos and will only be seen by me (and maybe my Facebook friends…DIYP readers…Facebook friends of DIYP readers…). But, a few of them will end up being sold commercially as royalty free stock through my stock portfolio over at Stocksy United.
If you are a photographer, and especially if you are a commercial photographer (commercial in the general sense that you take photographs or sell photographs for money), you should be aware of the copyright restrictions for landmarks, buildings, architecture, art and other intellectual property.
Keep reading, because like this restriction on publishing photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night, there are more weird copyright restrictions for landmarks, buildings, architecture, art and other intellectual property than you might think.