Seaworld, San Diego, California, USA
NOTE: “As Seen On Google Maps” has moved. (Please click the whale picture to check it out.)
My collection of Google Street View photos has grown a lot by now, but I didn’t want this blog to be only about Google Maps. I also noticed that my aim in traveling through Google Maps has started to evolve. I’m fascinated with the whole concept of the Google Street View project. People are truly caught off guard doing whatever they happened to be doing at the time Google drove past them. The Google cameras and the drivers are neutral, so there is no altering of reality through the eyes and agenda of the photographer. This is reality. This is street photography in its rawest form.
As a result, I became less interested in capturing only pretty images, and more interested in capturing people in the modern-day environment. How have different geographical areas been shaped by the presence of different peoples? And in turn, how do people behave as a result of where they’re from? Or really, which comes first though? This project is now a study on human behavior and geography, as seen through the eyes of the Google Street View cameras (although there will still be pictures of pretty scenery). Over all, it seemed very fitting to put them on a separate tumblr page. I know, it’s not a new idea, but I would still like to start my own separate archive of my Google travels.
I changed the name to "Scene on Google Maps" because I don’t like dashes, and the “as seen” part didn’t look too good as a one-word url. (haha) Follow, if you please: