Getting better photographs when you travel to a new place is something for which everyone strives. You want to get that iconic shot that symbolizes a place, but you also want to find unique views. In her "Photo Opportunities" series, Corinne Vionnet delves into the concept of that first iconic shot; that view that everyone is familiar with even if they've never been there. The French-Swiss artist found inspiration for the series after a visit to Pisa when she observed numerous people photographing the iconic tower from the same location. She began to wonder how many of the images looked the same, how much all of them may vary, and why we are often inclined to capture a photograph that portrays the typical view. For this series she gathers images from the web of popular tourist destinations and then combines these images to create a layered view.
Layering about a hundred photographs taken from online photo sharing sites, Vionnet uses one structural point as an anchor for all of the images. This one point then looks crisp and defined surrounded by more ghostly elements that show how each of the views may vary. These hints of other tourists or differing perspectives of the surrounding architecture show a piece of individuality amongst the sameness. The results are instantly recognizable but can be Impressionistic at the same time.
Select photographs from the series are on view currently at Danziger Gallery in New York City. See the show Jan 3 - Feb 7, 2015 (open Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm) at 521 West 23rd St., NY, NY.