Fake Holidays

by Austrian documentary photographer Reiner Riedler. He deals with important topics of the present day. Riedler lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

He went to Vienna with the intention of studying ethnology. He then attended a College for photography in Vienna and decided to dedicate himself solely to photography. Studies of Image Sciences at the Danube University of Krems. As a documentary photographer he deals with important topics of the present day. His view always centers on human beings and their environment. The main focus of his documentary work is to challenge our value systems. As a traveller he visits the periphery of our habitats, always searching for the fragile beauty of human existence with its desires and abysses. His recent conceptual works deal with the themes of transience, crises and death. Reiner Riedler’s work has been shown in numerous countries at photo festivals, galleries and museums. He has been working for periodicals and magazines. His pictures have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Stern, The New York Times, Fortune, Le Monde, Der Spiegel etc.

“When wishes are out of reach, simulation is taking over our leisure time and our holidays. Imaginary worlds are created, often under massive technological exertion, in order to offer us experience as reproducible merchandise. Although the quality of these adventures on demand sometimes proves to be rather dubious, the boom does shed light on one thing: the yearnings and dreams underlying people’s daily lives. Tourists now go on “fake holidays” that mimic the experience that travel to “real places” used to bring. Indeed, the new theme parks are themselves destinations for holidays both “real” and “fake.”
Although most people consider authenticity and genuineness to be important values, the artificial attractions are already luring tourists away from traditional destinations. There is no doubt that simulations will increasingly become a part of everyday life – hopefully enhancing it and not replacing it.”

More about Reiner Riedler and his photography here.

Turkey; Antalya; Lara Beach; World of Wonders, Hotel Topkapi Palace; Animator dressed as astronaut Fake-Holidays_Book02 Germany; Indoor Pool "Tropical Islands" in Berlin Brandenburg; China, Shenzhen, Wedding Couple in the Themepark Window of the World Lithuania, Vilnius; Polynesian Dancers in "Vichy" Aqua Park Fake-Holidays_Book08 Dubai, Ski Dubai, Indoor Skiing Hall Germany; Bispingen; Centerpark Bispingen Fake-Holidays_Book11 Dubai, Ski Dubai, Indoor Skiing Hall, Portrait in the Icecave Germany; Indoor skiing hall "Alpin Center Bottrop" Fake-Holidays_Book17 Turkey; Antalya; Lara Beach; Titanic Resort Hotel Turkey; Antalya; Lara Beach; World of Wonders, Kremlin Palace; Animator dressed as Superman Las Vegas, Riding on a "Flying Carpet" Fake-Holidays_Book29 Turkey; Antalya; Lara Beach; World of Wonders, Hotel Topkapi Palace; girl being photographed Fake-Holidays_Book39 China, Shenzhen; Themepark "Minsk World". The Aircraft Carrier was built in the 70s by the Russians. After that it was sold to the Chinese in the late 90s, who decided to bring the Ship from Russia to China to restore it and make a Themepark out of it. It China, Shenzhen; "Photopoint" in the Themepark "Minsk World". The Aircraft Carrier was built in the 70s by the Russians. After that it was sold to the Chinese in the late 90s, who decided to bring the Ship from Russia to China to restore it and make a The China, Shenzhen, Themepark Window of the World Germany; Indoor Pool "Tropical Islands" in Berlin Brandenburg; Tourist watching the evening show China, Shanghai; Science and Technology Museum; Animals World

   
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Hello, I'm Carolin. I'm a designer and concepter. I love space travel, smooth beats, simplicity and Star Wars. I've studied visual communication at Offenbach Academy of Art and Design and arts management at Freie Universität Berlin. Say hi on instagram @carolingoelder

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