12 Jaw Dropping Photos Captured by Google Street View
Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman has managed to make us say, “WHOA” twice in a row, (a double-WHOA, if you will) with the imagery he has captured through Google’s own Street View program. The popular Google Maps program uses satellite imaging that is equipped with 9-sided cameras that allows users to view the world one street at a time in a bird’s eye view. Another feature of Google Maps is called Street View – an image that was captured via google satellites of any street shown on Google Maps. Rafman has so patiently taken the time to browse through all of Google’s Street Views of numerous locations in search of spontaneously captured imagery that is photo-op worthy. This project proves just how beautiful our world truly is – without the use of post-production or a carefully timed shutter release, Google Street View has plenty of imagery to share with those who seek it. Photos of street performers, animals in their natural habitats, people doing weird things and more. Rafman has curated all the incredible images that Google Street View has amassed into a collection he calls “9 Eyes” (named after the 9-sided satellite cameras). Rafman aims to find imagery that he considers sublime, surreal and downright beautiful that he presents to the public through a tumblr blog in the hopes that people will use these images and add their own stories to match the visuals. A truly wonderful endeavour, well done, Mr. Rafman!