Strange Views: Caught in Google’s All-Seeing Eye
by Damon Beres
This is spooky…and fascinating: Design magazine Demilked recently featured Canadian artist Jon Rafman’s “Nine Eyes of Google Street View” project, so named because of the number of cameras that capture each moment on Google Maps.
Rafman took virtual strolls around real-world locations captured by Google, and the scenes he found are bonkers. There’s an apparently abandoned baby outside of a Gucci store, a police stop, a trapped dog, and much more.
The whole endeavor could be taken as a disquieting statement on Google’s Big Brother-esque reach, but it’s also a reminder that inspiring and unexpected moments wait around every corner—or every click.
Head over to Demilked for 30 best-of shots, or to 9-eyes.com for the full collection. I’ve got a contribution of my own: Below, my girlfriend and two friends captured by Google’s Street View truck outside of Manhattan’s Washington Square Park back in 2009. The image has since been changed out on Google Maps, but I’m sure it’s cached on the net for all time regardless.