Nicolas Demeersman - Itinerant Salesman, Pangani, Tanzanie, 2015

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Photographer Nicolas Demeersman makes the universal aversion to tourism very, very clear in his photography series «Fucking Tourist.» Demeersman captures portraits of citizens of Peru, Jordan, Cuba, Lebanon and beyond, dressed in local garb that many tourists might deem worthy of a snapshot. The one thing all Demeersman’s subjects have in common? A proudly wielded middle finger, saying to tourists what so many wish they could -- a big fat «f*ck you.»Demeersman explained how the concept was born in an email to The Huffington Post: «I was motivated by a man who refused me asking to take his portrait, which he answered: ‘Fuck off, I don’t want to end up in a postcard.’» Thus the phrase «fucking tourist» came to mind. (…)

Demeersman’s series combines humor and gravity to shine light on a cultural practice that, while everyday and nearly ubiquitous, is a pretty ridiculous tradition when you think about it. The next time you’re abroad and ask to snap a picture of a local, imagine their intense desire to flip you off. You probably won’t be too off target.

Huffington Post US : Priscilla Franck, April 23rd, 2014 

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