Fake Holidays is about the artificial creation of holiday-created themed parks or areas that resemble foreign milieus that come off looking cheap. Reiner Riedler’s camera captures some truly fake scenery depicting ridiculous portraits of deceptions, cheesy at best. The holiday business is a very lucrative one and those on a shoestring budget have to find alternatives in their own homes. Reiner assembled some truly bizarre tourist traps in the world.
“I started my project years ago in Germany when I first saw these artificial summer beaches in the big cities like Berlin or Hamburg,” says Riedler. “After work, you go to these places, and as soon as you get off your shoes, put your feet in the sand, and hold a cold drink in your hand, you are on holiday. There are many places all over the world that deal with the same idea, and at the beginning the places are all fascinating. But the more you observe them, the more you learn about the business machinery that stands behind them.”