Unseen Micro Project / by Lasma Poisa

As part of our face-to-face event in Amsterdam we were asked to work on a collaborative micro project of our choice. Our group was named after Robert Frank which is why we decided to create work based on an observation of a place (Amsterdam) from an outsider’s point of view, inspired by The Americans (1958).

I decided to make a comment on tourist photography on tourism as a whole. I used an old Agfa 1MP camera to make a statement on the quality of tourist images. Being a tourist myself, I asked strangers to photograph me in places that are not considered to be picturesque or aesthetically beautiful. I posed awkwardly for each image commenting on our alien status when we go abroad.