While these new images by artist Jon Rafman aren’t the first time Google Street View has found itself the subject of an art piece we think they may well be our favourites.
Dubbed as the images Google didn’t want you to see The Nine Eyes Of Google Street View series shows moments in peoples lives that were captured by Google Street View. From a traffic accident to a woman posing naked by the sea and a group of people getting into a pick-up that appears to be carrying a body these pictures capture every day events that are far from ordinary.
The Nine Eyes project got its name from the nine cameras mounted on just one pole onto of the vehicles that navigated the globe photographing the landscape. The project began back in 2008 but is regularly updated and has recently been published on the website Art Fag City which also published an essay by Rafman in which he says of the project, ‘Within the panoramas, I can locate images of gritty urban life reminiscent of hard-boiled American street photography. Or, if I prefer, I can find images of rural Americana that recall photography during the depression.’
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