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Writer will discuss tacky tourist photos project at Amherst library

Thursday, February 16, 2012

By BETHANY POULIN

Correspondent

Have you ever stopped to consider what your vacation photographs say about you? Well, Darren Garnick, freelance writer and curator of tackytouristphotos.com, has, and he likes his photos to lean a little bit toward tacky. No, make that a lot.

“I have always been a fan of offbeat, wacky travel since I was a kid,” Garnick said as he explained the inspiration for the site.

And it appears that he is not alone. Garnick encourages his Internet audience to share their craziest photographs online. He has collected goofy vacation photographs from friends, family and strangers the world over, and he adds new photographs weekly.

Now, he has brought a selection of these photos to the Amherst Town Library, where they will hang through February. You can visit anytime during the library’s regular hours and see for yourself some truly inspired vacation photos.

From 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Garnick will entertain guests at the library with his presentation “Exploring America’s Tackiest Tourist Photos,” featuring photographs and stories from his site. He will talk a bit about people who like tacky vacation photographs and the sociological and psychological significance of the creation and sharing of wacky travel photos.

“There is just as much value in the overcrowded tourist attraction as there is in that secret spot,” Garnick said, explaining how people are affected by making the silly images he collects. “Especially for kids. There are only so many display cases of artifacts you can stare at.”

Garnick has a great evening of entertainment, stories and secret spots right here in New Hampshire planned for his guests.

However, he really hopes that people show up with photographs and stories of their own to share and have a good time. Or that they at least leave committed to starting a new family vacation traditions – taking tacky tourist photographs.

“I want people to think of me on vacation,” he said with a chuckle.

Visit Garnick’s site at www.tackytouristphotos.com, and if you would like more information about the presentation, call the Amherst Town Library at 673-2288.

The Amherst Town Library is open 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The library is at 14 Main St.

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