There’s something pretty remarkable about beach holidays and their incredible ability to make us whack out those swimming trunks or indeed that skimpy bikini and boldly parade the beach as if we were David Hasselhoff’s/Pamela Anderson’s body double like there was no tomorrow. Inhibitions and body hang-ups out the window, beach holidays are just great! And so when photographer Benoit Paillé set about wandering the beaches of Mexico and capturing tourists in all their beach finery, the results could only be brilliant.
Entitled ‘Tourist Stranger Self Portraits’, what makes Paillé’s project really interesting is that whilst he takes control of the composition and the beach setting, the actual timing of each photograph and the pose of each of the subjects is put entirely in the hands of the tourists themselves (hence the self-portraiture title). Armed with a remote trigger, each tourist Paillé photographs are able to control when exactly each photograph is taken therefore allowing each portrait to differ wonderfully in the ways in which each subject presents themselves, not to mention exposing the mild vanity that lurks in us all.
From bronzed to pale skin, beer bellies to toned and tattooed and young to weathered and old, Paillé’s series of photographs showcase the beautiful diversity found in a group of strangers all sharing a similar appreciation for the environment in which they share and with the portraits’ beautiful blue- skied back-drops (apart from reminding us all too much of the summer that has far too quickly slipped through our fingers), we think they are just lovely.
- Chaz Bundick talks us through the new digitally personable Company website
- Animator Frances Haszard’s gender neutral breakup story
- Photographer Norman Behrendt depicts Turkey’s majestic mosques
- Explore North Korean graphic ephemera in Phaidon’s new book
- “Have a process you can apply to any situation, space or time”: what we learned from Converse’s Lovejoy Art Benefit
- Standards Manual return with catalogue of 400 objects relating to New York City Transit
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books