Ever try taking that obligatory photo of a friend pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
Well, British photographer Michael Hughes has mastered the art form. He takes pictures—lots of them—with cheap, tacky souvenirs placed in front of the real things. The result is a sometimes mesmerizing optical illusion.
World Hum tipped us off to a slideshow from London’s The Daily Telegraph that illustrates Hughes’ work. You also can see his souvenirs set on Flickr, where he’s become a bit of an Internet hit. He’s even got a collection of pix in his book, Souvenirs.
Hughes now travels just to visit and photograph landmarks. But student travelers shouldn’t get too excited thinking they can easily duplicate his style: “Thankfully, it’s actually very difficult to do it properly so nobody can copy me, though they do try,” Hughes told The Daily Telegraph.
What do you think? Would you try imitating the master?