Google Maps' Street View has been around since 2007. With cameras covering all 45 different countries across the world, it's picked up some pretty amazing images. Canadian artist Jon Rafman decided to collect the best of these images in his Tumblr, 9-Eyes.com. It's named after the nine cameras of Google's Street View cars.
Rafman told The New York Timeshe was fascinated with Street View because, "Never before in history has anyone, or any company, attempted to like photograph the entire world from a street-level perspective. I saw myself as a sort of virtual explorer, exploring these new vast virtual landscapes."
Rafman said the images are artistically appealing because, "There's this tension between the artist's gaze ”” which sees beauty in the images, and sees meaning and can interpret mysteries or stories in the images ”” and the fact that they're all captured by this robotic camera that's just programmed to take pictures."
He added that, because the pictures were taken by a robot, "It's almost like looking at a memory that nobody really had. Photographs are so connected to human memory, but these are photographs of no one's memories."
Rafman likes finding glitches in Street View, like this photo. "That's my favorite glitch," he said. "Somehow this man who's clearly moving really slowly was able to move into the second picture that was going to be stitched together with the first one."