Amazing Street View photos
Canadian artist Jon Rafman has created possibly the most amazing exhibition of photography you have ever seen. The ingenious thing is, he made it without taking a single photo. In fact, the photos in this exhibition were not taken by any human; they were taken by Google’s international fleet of robo-cameras.
Since 2008, Rafman has been observing the world through the eyes of Google’s Street View cars, sifting through their endless reams of imagery for digital diamonds. He began by tracking which cities Google was visiting and trying to find the gems before Google could remove or censor them, but when some of these first Street View photos went viral he began to accept submissions from other Street View surfers.
Rafman’s project shows that in today’s media-saturated world, where music and images are increasingly produced by machines using automated processes, the artist is often more of a curator. But don’t let that get you down: it is precisely the fact that these images were recorded in passing, without human intention, that gives them their raw impact.
Says Rafman, “Street View collections represent our experience of the modern world, and in particular, the tension they express between our uncaring, indifferent universe and our search for connectedness and significance.”
These amazing Street View photos certainly do present a totally new way of seeing the world…
See loads more great Street View photos in Rafman’s full online exhibition at 9-eyes.com
An exhibition of prints is also open from tomorrow, 27 September 2012, at the Saatchi Gallery, London