From snoozing at the picnic table to photographing BRICKS, brilliantly candid snaps reveal the hilariously mundane side of holidays
- British photographer Laurence Stephens went to Spain and Portugal to take candid shots of holidaymakers
- His new book – Bored Tourists – shows the less glamourous side to travelling – with no filters used
- The quirky tome shows tourists inspecting topiary and melons and looking indifferent to their adventures
Forget glamorous infinity pool shots, sun-kissed hot dog legs and glowing sunsets.
This new photography book – Bored Tourists – explores the mundane side of holidaying rarely seen on Instagram, with tourists caught off guard as they go about their travels.
Compiled by British photographer Laurence Stephens, the unfiltered images were snapped at locations across Spain and Portugal.
One shot captures a group of young travellers looking bored and exhausted as they loll around a picnic table, while another image shows a man look unenthused during a museum tour.
Stephens also photographed tourists fixated on bizarrely dreary subject matters, with one man filming a watermelon with his camera and another photographing a pile of red bricks.
Scroll down for the hilariously humdrum side to holidays…
Sleepy hollow: New photography book Bored Tourists explores the mundane side of holidaying rarely seen on Instagram, with tourists caught off guard as they go about their travels. Above, a group of young travellers look thoroughly bored as they loll around a picnic table
‘I’ve come all this way, so I’m going to inspect every nook and cranny’: A tourist gets up close and personal, with a ditch
Fruit for thought: Forget majestic landmarks, it’s watermelons that prove riveting for this tourist. We hope there’s an Imax version of his film out soon
Difference of opinion: One man looks up inquisitively at the ceiling during a museum tour while his friend doesn’t appear to share his enthusiasm. At all
Let’s hope this isn’t Airbnb accommodation… a traveller takes a break from wheeling his pink suitcase around on a handy pile of mattresses
Surely one of the most bizarre ‘no photography’ signs ever… Who knew taking pictures of chicken and pork was a thing? And why would the vendor dislike tourists taking photos of the meat anyway? So many questions, so few answers
Greenfingers: A holidaymaker stoops over and stares intensely at a piece of topiary, ignoring the history all around him
Construction sight: A pile of bricks catches the attention of a holidaymaker and he swoops in for a shot. They are nice bricks, it has to be said
Border crossing: A woman moves in to get a better view – of something – through a wooden fence
A woman sits on the floor to read a tour book of Andalusia. Stephens said he wanted to provide a ‘colourful, ironic look at tourists on holiday’ with his new book
Laurence Stephens’ paperback book Bored Tourists is currently available to buy for £9.95 via www.hoxtonminipress.com