“Fucking Tourist”: When The Locals Give A Finger

– “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality and eventually in one’s own” – Susan Sontag

Like all travelers, taking photos means to immortalize moments we don’t want to forget during a journey we want unforgetable. We all want to capture every second of it with our camera. Beautiful landscapes, typical food, locals lifestyle, new encounters etc. Yes, but here is the problem. The local population want sometimes to keep a low profile and refuse so to be snapped away. We cannot blame them..so many people are disrespectful, photographing locals as if they were an attraction.

The french photographer Nicolas Demeersman has decided to take the bull by the horns by taking photos of them around the world in a singular way: by giving them the opportunity to give a finger ! Maybe a way to say fuck it to tourists ? Well, I love the idea ! 

To discover this funny exposition, check out his blog

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10 thoughts on ““Fucking Tourist”: When The Locals Give A Finger”

    1. And that’s so sad… I’m literally chocked all the time when I see tourists taking pictures so close from monks when they are praying. But I guess and I hope they learn that form of respect during their journey, so they capture those moments in a different way.

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  1. I never would have thought of this as a photography project.

    But now you’ve gotten me thinking how many times I may have taken similar photos without asking permission… To be filed under “Note To Self”. 🙂

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    1. I guess we all have taken pictures of locals without permission at least once. But the main purpose of this post is to show you and me that they’re not an attraction. Pictures of the local life has to be taken with discretion or with permission.

      As I’m blond, I had quite the same experience in China when locals took pictures of me as if I was a freaking monkey. It was so embarrassing and creepy!

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  2. The unfortunate side of SE Asia I documented in myself about Laos and Cambodia. Stick around and get to know the locals and their culture. What value is a photo if that moment had little meaning at the time? Nice post highlighting this phenomena.

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