Exercise · 200 word reflection on: The tourist gaze

The tourist gaze-Urry

For me this article by Urry says as much about consumerism and the myth of purchase and satisfaction as anything else. Urry writes that consumers get satisfaction more from the fantasy and daydreaming about a product or experience than the actual thing itself.

I find the arguments in this work clearer and more engaging than in the paper by Larsen, who I though over stated his area of observation. I found Urry’s work more evocative and reflective of the theme of tourism and human motivation.

The relevance for documentary photography in this article are that the general viewer is perhaps documenting their experience but in a way that is habitual and conditioned by media and the industry machine of tourism. The type of document produced is of  a personal kind combined with the factual evidence of being in a place, that is said to be of worth to look at and visit. The viewer thus has an experience and documents it, but the experience is pre-determined by factors of marketing and professional suggestions leading the person to acquire a commodity experience.

In general this would seem to undermine the practice of documentary at a more focused and committed level.

Published by Truevisionphotography

I'm a student photographer studying through the OCA a UK based arts university. I'm in the foundation year of my studies and enjoying it immensely. I'm also a yoga teacher and co-founder of Bodhiyoga a buddhism based yoga teacher training program that runs in the UK and Spain each year. As a photographer I'm interested in all forms of fine art. I find the arts really important in my life. I love nature and aim to be in the outdoors as much as I can. Generally I think that all the different strands of my life are flowing to towards self development in the greatest sense of the term. The arts, buddhist practice yoga and meditation are all tools to that end. I feel committed to communication the these values in the world both through the visual arts as well as teaching.

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