Oliver Curtis: Volte-Face
On visiting the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo in 2012, Oliver Curtis turned and looked back in the direction he had come from. What he saw fascinated him so much that he has since made a point of turning his back on some of world’s most photographed monuments and historic sites, looking at their counter-views and forgotten faces.
Curtis comments, “I found myself looking back in the direction I had arrived from, with the pyramid behind me. Under a veil of smog lay the city of Giza. Immediately in front of me the sand of the desert was adorned with an assortment of human detritus; litter, pieces of rusted metal, a large rubber washer and a torn hessian sack. Then, in the mid-distance I saw a newly constructed golf course, its fairways an intense green under the late morning sun. This visual sandwich of contrasting colour, texture and form was intriguing not least because of the oddness of my position; standing at one of the great wonders of the world facing the ‘wrong’ way.”