India’s West Bengal state has seen eight trampling deaths in the past ten days. The latest tragedy happened when a photographer got too close to a herd of wild elephants in an attempt to photograph them. This got the animals enraged, and one of the elephants crushed the photographer to death.
Tourism in Japan has increased dramatically over the past few years. And as we all know, not all tourists are respectful towards the places they visit. Kyoto’s historic Gion district has been struggling with bad tourist behavior. As a result, Kyoto has banned photography from all of Gion’s private streets and properties.
Sadly, we often hear of tourists who destroy the world around them just so they can pose for Instagram. Self-described Russian filmmaker and photographer, Alexander Tikhomirov, recently got under fire because of this. On his trip to Iceland, he plowed his car into a protected geothermal area. He snapped a few photos and bragged about his “achievement” on Instagram, which caused outrage from his followers.
Taking selfies is all fun and games until it starts killing plants, animals and even people. The latest victims of selfie-taking tourists are famous statues on Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island. With the increasing number of visitors to the island, there are more and more people who climb the statues just so they can snap a photo of themselves picking the stone heads’ nose.
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.
We have all done reckless, stupid or plain silly things for the sake of a photo. A 77-year-old Judith Streng from Texas is no exception. She sat on an “ice throne” in Iceland to pose for a fun vacation snapshot. But when a wave dislodged the chunk of ice, it started drifting away from the shore and the lady almost got washed out to sea.
Last week in Zimbabwe, a German tourist was trampled to death by an elephant when she tried to get closer and take a photo of the animal. The officials said that the 49-year-old woman was attacked by the elephant, and she later succumbed to her injuries.
What’s the best way to ensure that you’ll get the perfect selfie at a famous landmark? Well, smack whoever tries to take that ideal spot you picked! Of course, I’m not being serious here, but two women at Trevi Fountain in Rome actually got into a fight over a selfie. And what’s more, even their families got involved and the police had to intervene.
I’m not even 18 years old and I’m so far away from my parents. It’s the first time that I’ve gone this far. I’m two-thousand kilometres away from home, in Barcelona. I’m wandering the streets with a couple of friends, unable to concentrate on them and our conversation because I’m completely enchanted by everything I see. It feels like this huge, beautiful city is hugging me, while I smile at everyone and everything: people, buildings, trees, and cars. Everything looks so much better than it does back home. Everything seems idyllic, seems just right.
I have recently acquired my first digital camera. And when I manage to snap out of the delirium, I take photos of pretty much everything – because everything seems worth capturing, everything seems freakin’ amazing!
I do love these ‘research findings’ that drop into my inbox periodically. I get all sorts, from ‘Brits value their digital photos more than their cars’ to ‘Customers more likely to have nude pictures printed on canvas rather than cars.’ (The syntax is dreadful there. They didn’t mean that canvas was a more likely medium for a nude print than a car; rather that people were more inclined to print nudes as opposed to photos of cars.) But the latest one suggests that tourists are getting frustrated trying to take photos of tourist hotspots because of tourist overcrowding. When you’ve recovered from the irony overload there, I’ll continue. [Read More…]