OLIVER WHITEHEADDetour

Beachcraze from series Souvenir
C-print
120 x 130 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

'Consumerism is the greatest device anyone has invented for controlling people. New fantasies, new dreams and dislikes, new souls to heal. '

(J.G.Ballard: Kingdom Come )

Tourism that began as a way of organizing vacations has almost become a right of passage to any part on the world that can create almost any kind of holiday you desire. Viewed from the 'home', through the ubiquitous media, we are constantly prompted about the exits to leisure, escapism and adventure via; the internet, news, television, film, brochures, shopping, magazines, adverts etc. A vacation usually begins with viewing seductive self-promoting advertising images that will be with us as we are guided through the holiday.

' Detour ' looks at the contrasts surrounding of the tourist look that is loaded with images and messages that influence us without us being able to affect their source. But nevertheless, in response to these images, we construe for ourselves holidays in which we hope to experience.

In the tourist media-scape we holiday among the purpose built leisure resorts that provide facilities with their conveniently placed souvenir shops filled with, kitsch, clichÈs and the 'theatrical' mementoes that entice us to endorse our visit.

In making this exhibition, I moved through various kinds of 'leisure-scapes', real and imagined using digital imaging to create the works that resulted a dual photographic exhibition of visited resorts and imagined experiences. One part consists of documentary photographs taken in and around holiday resorts, whilst the other are digital collage images constructed from various sources of tourist related images.

Oliver Whitehead

 
  • whitehead/2006/pineapple

    Pineapple from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    90 x 90 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/beachcraze

    Beachcraze from series Souvenir
    C-print
    120 x 130 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/fishhotel

    Fishhotel from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    130 x 134 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/balcony

    Balcony from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    120 x 202 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/pillowstalk

    Pillowstalk from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    90 x 156 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/flipside

    Flipside from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    120 x 183 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/mermaid

    Mermaid from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    120 x 167 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/parrot

    Parrot from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    120 x 163 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/palmpool

    Palmpool from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    120 x 180 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/loveletter

    Loveletter from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    90 x 135 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/boatpool

    Boatpool from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    90 x 123 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/sunburnt

    Sunburnt from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    120 x 176 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/seachange

    Seachange from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    90 x 135 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/post-card

    Post-card from series Souvenir, 2006
    C-print
    90 x 135 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/airportbench

    Airportbench from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/beachtoys

    Beachtoys from series Travel
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/cloudspool

    Cloudspool from series Travel, 2006
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/nighterrace

    Nighterrace from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/playground

    Playground from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/pool

    Pool from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/poolday

    Poolday from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/poolnight

    Poolnight from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/sunheads

    Sunheads from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/tracksand

    Tracksand from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/waiting

    Waiting from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/waitingroom

    Waitingroom from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

  • whitehead/2006/walkway

    Walkway from series Travel, 2005
    C-print
    60 x 60 cm
    edition 6 + 2AP

 
 
 
 
 
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