A fascinating photography project from US photographer Carlos Rene Pacheco seeks to flip the art of tourist photography on its head. Focusing on the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing in London, Pacheco used CCTV footage to capture the exact moments that tourists stopped for an iconic photo.
The series entitled “Found” saw the photographer use social media to find images of tourists at the iconic spot, before painstakingly trawling through video footage to showcase when and how the images themselves were taken.
Of the project Pacheco writes:
Found is a project that evolved from a question; is it possible to find the exact moment a photograph shared on social media was made via live webcams positioned at highly trafficked, culturally significant places?
[It] is an ongoing globally collaborative exploration utilising social media and live streaming webcams to pinpoint a moment in time and space from multiple perspectives. A virtual link is created between myself and the participants, all of whom are complete strangers, in a questioning of privacy and access to information.
The side-by-side comparisons are intriguing, giving life to a still moment in time. An unusual and often funny way of exploring the lengths tourists go for that iconic shot.
His other projects, of the same concept, include that at Times Square, New York and Dealey Plaza, Texas.
This narrative investigates our use of photography in an increasingly digital and interconnected world, at the same time bridging the gap between the seemingly unrelated events that unfold at these sites.
Find out more at his website here.