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Tourism in Pictures

Tourism pictures and why we do it
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Alison Acridge

on 3 December 2013

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Transcript of Tourism in Pictures

A
Picture
is Worth a
Thousand
words

Kayla Wasemiller, Annie Penlesky, Hannah Franc,
Andrea Weiler, and Katie Wenman in 2009 at Disney World in front of the famous Disney Castle
Paris
Robert and Barb McLeod in front of the Louvre in 2007
Caitlin Knotek, Elyse Gardner, Alison Acridge, Chelsea Domka-Cheyka, and Mary Jo Holguin in
front of the Paris Metro in 2006
Alison Acridge with the Eiffel Tower in 2006
Robert, Barb and Anna McLeod
at EPCOT March of 2013
Nathan Dobeck and Alison Acridge
in Vegas New Years 2008
Stacey Schnering and Hannah Franc
at Oktoberfest in LaCrosse, WI
Renee Rowe at Mount Olympus Summer 2010
Geri and Dan Acridge in front of the famous haunted
Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas July 2009
Renee Rowe at Mt. Olympus in Wisconsin Dells, WI summer 2010
Geri and Dan Acridge in front of Thorncrown
Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas July 2009
Hannah Franc at the Capitol in Washington D.C.
Hannah Franc at the Delaware border
Alison Acridge in Alaska Summer 2007
Alison Acridge at the crocodile farm
Cindy and Jim Leach at Machu Picchu, Peru in March 2013
Cindy Leach (second from right) in front of Christ the
Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 2009
Andy Spellmeyer with Big Ben in London in 2007
Hannah Franc and Katie Wenman in
front of Stonehenge in spring of 2008
Nancy Acridge in Cambodia in April 2006
Why do people take pictures that make them look like tourists?
Why and how did they decide to go to that place in the first place?
Most people do it because they saw a picture of something that they would like to do or see at a certain place. That picture made them want to go to that place and recreate the same image. -Michael Forrester
With a photograph "...one is actually crystallizing their own experience into a tangible form." This allows people to take home their experiences and relive them by looking at the pictures later. -"The Psychology of Photography"
Pictures can evoke emotions; vacation usually is a happy time. Capturing moments of happiness can be reflected back on when looking at the photos later. -"The Psychology of Photography"
Psychology of Tourist Photos
"Photographs give people imaginary possession of a past that is unreal but also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure..." Photography has also become part of our culture. Pictures have also changed "what is worth looking at..." -Michael Forrester
Cozumel, Mexico
March 2011
Tina Esker at the
Hard Rock Cafe
Paul Ostrowski and Tina Esker in Rivera Maya, Mexico January 2013
"...the power of the tourist photographer...has been shown to mediate and commodify local cultures and create new identities amongst those photographed." -Alex Gillespie
"There is always something very individual about photographs and the way they combine the perceptive eye and mind of the photographer with the stark reality of the subject, the sense of reality as shaped and interpreted by the photographer. Photography therefore is never really accurate — and that’s part of photography’s beauty. True, the camera never lies. What appears in a photograph existed. The camera, however, interprets. Composition, lighting, angle — this is real, this happened, this is truth. And yet, even the most “real” photography is just a subtle, but meaningful interpretation." -THEME
Travelers are "...stimulated by novel environments, well-organised displays and themes, personal relevance and multisensory activities and is the basis for changing tourists' attitudes to the places and people they visit." -Laura
Tina Esker driving on a jeep
tour of Cozumel Island
"Tourist guides and brouchres commonly use visual images to establish the nature of places and sites of interest. The assumption is that people will employ their 'mental processes' to operate upon this material in order to 'understand' these places prior to visiting them. In this way, tourist sites are placed prior to this operation, as being a certain way and needing to be part of a sightseeing itinerary." -Peter Burns, Cathy Palmer, and Jo-Anne Lester
"However, some photographs may be used to stimulate sympathy, sadness or even a sense of outrage that a tourist should see (e.g. cemetaries, concentration camps, etc.)." -Burns, Palmer, Lester
"...more time [is spent] actually capturing ... images when on-site... It is also the case that people take photographs and images of themselves 'experiencing' being a tourist at particular sites and ... 'enjoying' themselves. Here the focus is not on the place itself but of the photographs of tourists as being there. The socially constructed nature of tourism, as having 'been there, seen it, and done it' effectively ensures its constitution as rooted in the psychology of the individual. Close-up photographs of smiling faces ... serve to maintain tourism as a means of personal enjoyment." -Burns, Palmer, Lester
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