It Hurts To Look At You

The Internet is so exciting right now I don’t want to talk about my own life at all! Because how can late night laundry compete with this amazing Jon Rafman picture essay, The Nine Eyes of Google Street View? It just can’t.

Google Street View in Italy

Google Street View in Italy

The essay’s full of amazing and crazy pictures, scenes that just happened to be caught as the driver did his rounds, houses on fire and people in gutters and beautiful quiet moments that happen every day. Rafman’s commentary is really thoughtful too, about how we’ve become used to this kind of surveillence, how we project stories onto the people caught in the camera, and the detachment of a gaze that wide and silent.

My favourite Google Street view experience was when it first came to New Zealand. After checking out my place, I headed down the road to the Prime Minister’s official residence. And there she was! Standing outside in familiar red jacket, our (now no longer) PM, Helen Clark. Noone’s immune.

It doesn't count as stalking if she doesn't live there anymore

It doesn't count as stalking if she doesn't live there anymore

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August 16, 2009. Tags: , , , . art, life is strange.

2 Comments

  1. Keegan replied:

    There’s nothing wrong with late night laundry. Very interesting though about the google thing.

  2. swingsandskateboards replied:

    Yes, makes me feel all odd and tender about the whole world. I remember when I just thought the satellite view was amazing. (I wrote a poem about it!!!!)

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