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Vistamar by Mario Dotti

A photo of tourists on the beach from the 'Vistamar' series by Mario Dotti.

Milan-based photographer Mario Dotti captures the tourist trap of Italy’s many beach resorts in his series ‘Vistamar’ (or ‘sea view’). His candid images of holidaymakers on the beach present a mundane version of the idealised summer holiday, with crowds of sunburned individuals occupying pastel sun loungers and parasols. The slightly over-exposed images evoke those sun-drenched days of summer, while his shots capture the ‘realness’ that a lot of photography fails to do.

By shunning the usual beach shots of scantily clad supermodels, tropical oceans, white sand and sunsets, Dotti is able to accurately depict a European summer holiday in the city, complete with the concrete jungle backdrop of hotels and apartment blocks. As Dotti says: “Accidental postures of the people and random situations in the frame appear as being sort of scheduled elements of a wider scene, where each square metre, each row, contains a microcosmos with its people and stories.”

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Concrete hotels and parasols on the beach from the 'Vistamar' series by Mario Dotti.

Concrete hotels and parasols on the beach from the 'Vistamar' series by Mario Dotti.

A photo of tourists on the beach from the 'Vistamar' series by Mario Dotti.

A photo of tourists on the beach from the 'Vistamar' series by Mario Dotti.

Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of Mario Dotti.



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

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