Replacing World Landmarks With Cheap Souvenirs (21 photos)

Big Ben, London

When most people go to a landmark or tourist attraction, they take home a little souvenir to remind them of their trip. Then there's Michael Hughes. He loves to take pictures of world famous landmarks – perfectly blended with cheap souvenirs.

Born in Britain and now living in Germany, 56-year-old Michael Hughes is a freelance photographer. Hughes started this hobby back in 1998 and has accumulated a rich collection of over 100 fun images using this blending technique in 200 countries he visited.

“I noticed coffee cups from a shop near the Statue of Liberty had the statue printed on it, so I poured my drink on the floor, and positioned it in front of the statue. Since then, taking the pictures has developed into a hobby and a passion to the point where I have been taking trips recently just to photograph a souvenir next to its landmark.” Great work, Mark!

Eifel Tower, Paris

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Statue of Liberty, New York

Houses of Parliament, London

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Don Quixote, Consuegra, South of Madrid, Spain

Abbey Road, London

East London

Versailles, France

Cairo, Egypt

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Palace in Vienna, Austria

Palace of Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany

Cairo, Egypt

Powell and Sutter, San Francisco

5th Avenue, New York

Cairo, Egypt

Buddy Holly Memorial, Lubbock, Texas

Sphinx in Cairo, Egypt


Michael Hughes

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