Emma Spence

National parks encourage tourists to see their visits as an encounter with otherness, a wilderness and nature to which they do not belong. However, the visual culture of the parks demonstrates that humans and their personal revelatory experiences are an integral component of the parks' structure. The rise of the selfie and the accompanying guidelines issued by the national parks indicate the extent to which national parks regulate visitor experience, encouraging people to understand their visits as unique, while maintaining a normative form of acceptable encounter.