Book of the Week: Bored Tourists
Words Mark Hooper
Photographer Laurence Stephens goes in search of the not-so-elusive reluctant holidaymaker…
We’ve all been there. Wishing we were somewhere else. Anywhere else. Lost in a city we don’t know, too hot, hungry and slightly irritated. Wishing we’d ignored the ‘must see’ tips from the cheap travel guides and gone for a drink or a lie-down instead.
Welcome to the world of Bored Tourists, which celebrates the all-too-familiar ritual of holidaying against our will. The brainchild of British documentary photographer Laurence Stephens, the idea came from him after sheltering from the midday Barcelona sun in the cathedral and noticing a lot of other people doing the same.
Thus inspired, Stephens travelled through Spain and Portugal, taking in the cultural highlights and lowlights, ready to capture holidaymakers staring disinterestedly at museum exhibits, views and shop windows. AS the book jacket so neatly summarises…
‘Discover a lost civilisation.
Gaze up at a towering cathedral.
Take a selfie in front of a kebab shop.’
Don’t you wish you were here too?
Bored Tourists by Laurence Stephens is published by Hoxton Mini Press on 2 August 2018