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Fascinating Photos Showing World’s Famous Monuments Taken The Other Way

Oliver Curtis took photos while pointing the camera away from the popular landmarks, and the result is pure genius.

World’s Famous Monuments like Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the Great Wall of China, and a lot more have been photographed thousands of times. However, photographer Oliver Curtis took his snaps to a different level. Instead of pointing his camera towards the landmark, he points away from it. The result? Pure genius.

Oliver’s unusual style started in 2012 when he was visiting the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The photographer, who began his photographic education studying photography at the renowned course at Filton Technical College in Bristol, was fascinated with the view when he turned away and looked back in the direction he had come from.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., USA

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

Mao Mausoleum, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Instead of solely enjoying the landmark, Oliver started to take pictures while turning his back on some of the world’s most photographed monuments and historic sites. While this may sound a little weird for some people, the outcome was actually breathtaking.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France

Oliver’s snaps showed tourists and locals visiting the landmarks. Some pictures had no people in it, just a total opposite of the well-known hotspot.

Oliver believed that even though the landmarks are not shown in his photographs, the images he took still gave a feeling of being present in the favorite spots. His unique and amazing pictures were displayed at London’s Royal Geographical Society in September 2016. He called his first solo exhibition “Volte-face.”

The photos were taken over a period of four years, and he posted them on his official website.

Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK

Will you give Oliver Curtis’ style of photography a go in your next vacation? Let us know in the comments section below!

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7 Beautiful Russian Churches That Look Like They’ve Been Taken Out Of Fairytales

These churches in Russia are worth checking out.

Most Catholic churches around the world almost have the same facade, which isn't new to church-goers. Although the architecture is beyond impressive, they still lack the vibrancy. But that doesn't stop you from wondering how they were built in the first place.

Eastern Orthodox churches in Russia tend to deviate from the traditional exterior of most Catholic churches and went for something cooler. These churches look like you are in Disneyland or castles from fairytale books.

The most iconic Russian Orthodox church is St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, but this is just one of those churches worth checking out

1. Church of the Birth of St. John the Baptist (Chesme Church)

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In Japan, A Pair of Melons Were Sold for $29,000

The most expensive melons ever.

Melons have never been this expensive. Just recently, a pair of Yubari king melons from Sapporo, Japan was sold at a mind-boggling 3.2 million yen (US$29,436). It broke the previous record of 3 million yen (US$13,711.64) made in 2016.

The melons were bought by Shinya Noda, president of Hokuyu Pack, a fruit and vegetable packing company. He made the incredible purchase to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his business.

The most expensive melons ever...

“I wanted to make a record-setting bid by all means,” Noda said. ....

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Whale Found Dead In Thailand Had Over 80 Plastic Bags In Stomach

The poor whale starved to death.

A pilot whale died in Southern Thailand and scientists have found the alarming cause of the death. Apparently, the whale had 80 plastic bags in its stomach, which caused the animal to starve to death.

A week ago, the pilot whale was found clinging to life up a canal in Songkhla province, near the Malaysian border. Conservation officials tried to save the whale's life for days. They used buoys to keep it afloat and umbrellas to provide a shield from the sun.

After five days of endless effort, the whale vomited pieces of plastic.

The whale's condition drastically deteriorated and it later died.

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