Introduction: How to Take Tourist Photos

About: Tate is an artist, occasionally a curator, author, social designer as well as a frequent workshop facilitator focusing on utilization of available materials, tools and site specificity.

by Paivi Raivio and Justin Tyler Tate

“Take your picture with a local” – Helsinki,  Finland
A) Local
B) You

Step 1: “Mimic a Statue”

“Mimic a Statue” – Louisville, Kentuckey  USA

A) Look how the arms, legs, torso and head of the statue are positioned.
B) Position your arms, legs, torso and head the same.

Step 2: “My Wiener Is Monumental” & “Leg-selfie”

– Nida, Lthuania

A) Find a monument which is phallic-shaped.
B) Position yourself between the statue and the camera so that the perspective makes it appear as though the monument is coming from your pants.

“Leg-selfie” – South Beach, Florida  USA

C) Take a picture of your legs with anything as a background.

Step 3: “Selfie”, “Un-natural Leaning” & “Casual Leaning”

“Selfie” – Grand Canyon, Arizona  USA

A) point your camera at yourself as you outstretch your arm and take a picture.

“Un-natural leaning” – Budapest, Hungary

B) Position your leg, or legs, in such a way that you would not normally use while casually leaning
C) Configure one or both of your arms in a way which you would not normally hold them.
D) Lean.

“Casual leaning” – Budapest, Hungary

D) Lean.

Step 4: “Vogue” & “Jump!”

“Vogue” – Rome, Italy

A) Imagine how supermodels position their bodies.
B) Strike a pose.

“Jump!” – Cagliari, Italy

C) Jump as the photo is being taken.

Step 5: “Interact With a Statue”

“Interact with a statue” – Tallinn, Estonia

A) Come into physical contact with a statue.
B) Pretend as though it is alive.

Step 6: “Playing With Perspective”

“Playing with perspective” – Paris, France
A) Create a distance between a monument, statue or other landmark and yourself.
B) play with the perspective so that it looks like you are physically interacting with the landmark.

Step 7: “Sending a Message”

“Sending a message” – Vancouver, British Colombia  Canada

A) This is as if you are telling the viewer of the photograph “Peace!”.
B) This signifies that everything is alright or “OK”.
C) This says to the viewer, “everything is good”, and can also be performed with both hands to indicate “super good”.