It's holiday season, and for some that means vacation! Unfortunately, not everyone can travel to the beach to see water, or to the mountains to see snow. Which is why attractions like Dubai's indoor ski arena and Epcot's France Pavilion exist. Photographer Reiner Riedler has taken interest in these bizarre geographic aberrations. His photo series "Fake Holidays" is on display for a few more days at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Ore.
Riedler's wit takes the form of man-made snow and miniature monuments. Born and based in Austria, he focuses his documentary work on man's attempt to outsmart nature; if the snow doesn't want to come to the desert, we'll build a giant spaceship-looking thing and MAKE it snow inside! "Fake Holidays" makes light of our sometimes ridiculous consumer habits, but along with humor comes guilt. Perhaps after seeing these silly scenes, we'll think twice about building another mini-Eiffel Tower. View the whole series on his Web site.
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