Trafalgar Square is one of the main tourist destinations in London and because of this I think that many Londoners give it a miss. Back in 2009, this was remedied with the One & Other project, a live artwork by Antony Gormley where different randomly selected people spent one hour on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square over a period of 100 days – varying from people dressing as Godzilla to teaching Swing Dancing to the public in Trafalgar Square. Although this is long gone, they continue to use the fourth plinth for contemporary artwork – currently it is ’Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, which, as the name suggests, is a replica of Nelson’s ship the HMS Victory in a bottle. It will be replaced by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s ‘Powerless Structures, Fig. 101’ in 2012.
It is important to remember that two of London’s best galleries are by Trafalgar Square. On the north side of the square is the National Gallery, and just off of the square (in the same building complex as the National Gallery) is the National Portrait Gallery – both well worth a visit!
Keisuke Iguchi documents the world not as a tourist or a photographer but as an experience collector. His upcoming photo book, "Politics is for Losers," tells the stories of the beautiful souls he met throughout a decade-long journey.
The touristic appeal of Japan lies not only in its castles and flower storms, but also in the mix of unique practices and Occidental influences. The duality is evident in Tokyo and even in Osaka, which has gained more visitors over the years. A port city, Osaka has retained its 'merchant' status with a battery of retail shops amid an area of cultural interest.
Chateaux served as houses of powerful lords, often of nobility and royalty. Most French castles reek of relevant history and monarchical drama, which makes them more interesting. And though France has moved on from the monarchy with liberté, égalité, fraternité, they remain strong and solid as tourist attractions. Thankfully, Lomographers have been around France and regularly share images of these amazing castles.
Because here’s the thing about film photography that I doubt a digital camera can give you: Permanence, photographs that truly and literally stay with you, not just in a physical form but also in your head and in your heart.
When a photographer encounters a pair, an instinct rushes in, "Is this a special, intimate moment I just stumbled on?" Or else, those accidents of two objects, two birds, two swaying plants camping together especially for your photo. This might not be the case, but it's still a pleasant thing for patterns and quirks to find their way into an everyday shot.
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