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Photographing Iconic Landmarks

Photographing Iconic Landmarks | Geography Education |
Oh, Machu Picchu, ancient city of the Incas, pride of Peru, must-see travel destination: You've never been so appropriately photobombed by a llama.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Millions of tourists have already taken a picture of Machu Picchu from this angle, and yet, tourists all want to replicate the iconic shot as for themselves--proof that they were there and had the full experience.  Iconic images are perfect for internet memes (and in this instance a photobomb) because there is a shared cultural understanding of what the picture should look like normally and inverting that provides the comic relief.  CAPTION THIS PHOTO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. 

Tags: Peru, South America, tourism, images.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 29, 2014 10:23 PM

(South America topic 4)

Aside from the fact that I find this to be the funniest thing I've seen all week, I honestly think that this and other relevant cultural 'photobombs' would make an excellent marketing strategy for promoting tourism. Many people (including myself) can forget the wide array of sites to see when visiting any particular location. The mountains of Peru aren't just home to ancient ruins; they also are the home of llamas (including this one with a nice sense of humor!). Reminders of the additional things to see such as llamas in this example may be the deciding factor in choosing a vacation destination, which translates into which places get the tourism business.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:59 PM

While humorous these pictures really show that certain areas and regions are often imagined by a set and specific image. When Machu Picchu is thought of it is always seen from the same peak, making this an incredibly popular photo spot for tourists, or in this case a llama.  

Michael Eiseman's curator insight, December 18, 2014 7:19 PM

#LlamaHam we at have about 20 pictures of Llamas that are pretty photogenic. I have one that was stuck in a split tree on purpose in Salta Argentina.  Seems they have personality! and want to get a few bucks now for a photo. #paytoplay hipsters.

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