Viewing Platforms

"Dean MacCannell does not argue that many of the sites and performances that are "staged" for tourists are authentic in their own right. Rather, he suggests that the tourists' goal is to get behind the stage that is provided for them and find something real to experience. An analogy with many people's fascination with movie actors can help explain this process. While many of us enjoy the performances of actors, we seem as a culture to be unable to accept them simply in relation to the role they perform on screen. We want to know what they are really like, and a whole other industry has developed to keep us informed of the most intimate details of their lives off camera"

 Erve Chambers, Native Tours; The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism, 2010

Viewing Platforms is a photographic investigation of the relationships between people, places and the environment and the consequent interaction of society, space and nature. [Read More]

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