Sunday, July 24, 2011

Corinne Vionnet: This Is The World As Tourist Spots


So, you've arrived at a popular tourist spot and you've bought your cute little souvenir. What's left to do but take a few shots at that thing that everybody else is taking a few shots at? If you happen to miss that amazing landmark that everyone seems to be so excited about, don't worry as artist Corrine Vionnet has you covered. She's arranged all the most popular pictures into one mosaic so that you won't have to bother yourself with taking your own picture.



Corrine Vionnet is an artist who doesn't need to own a camera in order to get the most amazing photographs of the world's most famous sites. All she needs is a computer and the generosity of hundreds of other people who've shared their own pictures on social networks and photo sharing sites.

Vionnet combs through the internet using the most widespread names and descriptions that immediately illustrates the tourist spot that she has in mind. She takes up to 300 individual photographs, mostly from vacation pictures, and arranges them carefully across a central point in the landmark. The result is both familiar and original.



If any of these shots look too common, that's partly the point of Vionnet's project. By combining photographs from people all over the world, her images take on a universal impression. Whether it might be due to physical constraints at the site, or it might be the most visually appealing vantage point, most people seem to settle on a few angles that appear to be the convention for everyone with a camera.

That's not to say that all these shots that make up these super-impositions are ordinary or derivative. While it is true that on their own, an individual shot might not carry much meaning save for what it's worth to the person who took it, however, all compiled together, they represent individual brush strokes in a grander vision of that particular place.



Vionnet could've taken all the individual frames herself, but the results wouldn't be as meaningful as the collective expression of Internet users and photo uploaders. Indeed, while the subjects themselves remain unchanging as the stones from which they are built from, the resulting images are still open to the individual interpretation of the viewer.

So the next time you're at a famous monument or landmark, don't just think about how it will look in your family album; there's still a chance that it might end up in one of Vionnet's amazing artworks.



There's a lot more images of Corrine Vionnet's Photo Opportunities over at her website. The series, which comprises over 50 of the world's most famous tourist spots, has also been published which is also available for purchase on her site.

28 comments:

D4 said...

That's original. I thought it might be a painting today, nicely done!

Shutterbug said...

That's a neat idea! :)

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Great demonstration of how social media is beginning to influence art and artists.

Bart said...

whats up with this focus? :P

The Angry Lurker said...

Didn't understand at first but eventually got it, very good.

ChazWellington said...

what a different way to portray these tourist attractions.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

It's interesting to look at a few of this, but the concept doesn't blow me away.

ed said...

looks like picture taking with unsteady hands. really unsteady hands

WOODLOUSE said...

Interesting effect.

Desk said...

I loved the photos.

Diego Sousa said...

great pics!

StigmataHandjob said...

I might actually have contributed to that last picture, I took one from pretty much that exact spot when I went to Himeiji Castle. Makes it feel slighty cheap now.

Quetopia said...

Why you no focus?

Jammer said...

How about a pic from the catacombs?

Magixx said...

weird, but still nice shots! :D

Jaccstev said...

Impressive mosaic works!

Banacek said...

When I look at them I feel drunk!

Laughing Vault said...

they are kind of cool :)

Jblogger said...

cool photos

Megan and Kyle said...

Great shots! I like to get a new perspective on things.

Great Job!

Reilly said...

oh wow nice!

Dale said...

I think this is really cool and maybe I'm a baby or just have sensitive eyes but if I look at these photos too long they kinda give me a headache because of the bluriness factor. :) I love the concept though

-Dale

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I really like how she achieved of Van Gogh like appearance just by utilizing photography in this creative manner.

Astronomy Pirate said...

Looks like someone was drunk taking these, ha.

movie68 said...

Seems like a cool idea, not as impressive to me as the last one though.

Alexis said...

Extremely original concept. They look amazing, but sometimes I think the blurring is a bit over-worked.

MRanthrope said...

staring at these for too long gave me a headache. haha. That might have been her point also?

i_love_weed said...

its funny because everyone thakes the same exact pictures and thinks theirs is unique xD

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