After almost five years in Germany, I’ve amassed an impressive body of work. I love many of the photos I took here, and some of them are even selling rather well. Yet, I have very few images to show when people ask me to show photos of Germany. Because — surprise, surprise — most people are not into architectural abstracts. They are interested in regular snapshots of mundane stuff: streets, shops, recognizable buildings, and what not. In other words, they want to be tourists, not art critics.
While visiting the Antonio Canova Museum in Possagno, Italy, a tourist managed to damage a 19th-century statue because – as you could probably guess – he posed for a photo. The man thought it would be awesome to lie next to the statue and have his photo taken. And when he did so, he broke off three of the statue’s toes.
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.