Why do the images we shoot on travels, collect in photo albums and show around to friends look so much alike? Do all people experience the same? Do they see the same things the same way? Do the pictures taken home from our journeys represent what we have encountered? Is photography more than just a medium to remember and shape memory? And, what is the impact on our perception of the world having seen all these sites on photographs before seeing them with our own eyes? Is there some kind of interaction between the subjective and the collective memory?
With these questions in mind, I started focussing on certain popular sites around the world. Collecting thousands of tourist photo snapshots via the internet, I began reassembling these by collage. Their superimposition makes the focal point of the photographs become visible. While each layer is provided with transparency (additive blending), the motive focused on becomes blurred out, and the peripheries of the tourist gaze become visible. The points of interest are transformed into vanishing points. As a result, the periphery of this gaze is processed into a spatio-temporally compressed space of the popular view, where formerly hidden details emerge.