Five years ago Google launched it's controversial Street View for Goggle Earth. Google fitted cars with nine cameras mounted on a pole. The cars drove around the world, taking panoramic pictures of urban, rural, weird, mundane, interesting, fascinating & bland photographs of what was happening on the Streets of our world. Artist Jon Rafman sifted through these photographs and picked out a few of his favorites and is now showing these photos at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The Exhibit, entitled "The Nine Eyes Of Google Street View" is running through August 29th.
Rafman has this to say about his exhibit âMy work explores the paradoxes of modernity. In 2008, a year after Google sent out an army of hybrid vehicles bearing nine cameras on a single pole to photograph the world, I began an exploration of this new virtual world, and was fascinated by how powerfully Street View photographs can represent our contemporary experience, the conflict they can express between an indifferent robotic camera and manâs search for connectedness and significance. The photos underscore the tension between an uncaring camera and manâs need to interpret his experience. While celebrating and critiquing modern experience, the technological tools themselves show how they can estrange us from ourselves.â
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These photographs are from all over the world and you'll be surprised where some of these pictures were actually taken. Check out Jon Rafman's website or better yet, just go to the Saatchi Gallery in London to see it live on tape.
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