“A street view image can give us a sense of what it feels like to have everything recorded, but no particular significance accorded to anything.”
In a guest post over at Art Fag City, Jon Rafman presents an excellent image essay on Google’s Street View feature and the many amazingly curious images its roving cars have caught since its inception two years ago.
Collected from blogs and his own Google Maps usage, Rafman pulls some of the most compelling images from Street View and attempts to articulate both the importance in studying this growing mass of images captured by computer-controlled cameras and the implications of us, as human beings, continuing to place meaning onto their subject matter, their composition, and their moral implications.
I was certainly taken by a number of the images, and undoubtedly by the writer’s design, I began to wonder what it means to see these very selected images pulled from their contextual frame of more streets, more people, and less interesting combinations thereof.
Consider this a must-read.
[via Art Fag City]
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Source blog for his images – http://streetviewgallery.corank.com/
Thanks for the link, very cool resource to be able to sort through all those images.
Thanks for the link, i thought it was an excellent essay, really makes you think and the pictures are quite powerful, Sandra
Thanks for posting this! I’m going to give it a good look over once I’m back home.
I very much appreciate the comments on the essay and value the understanding of what I was trying to say.
Jon, thank you for the great article, I’ll look forward to reading your next text. Is there any chance you might elaborate on this particular image essay?
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