Saturday, March 14, 2015
Special Guest Photographer
For the first time in ages, I don't have any photos to blog. Well, I could always dig something out of the archives, but nothing comes to mind and I haven't had a chance to take anything at all this week. (I'm going to remedy that today with a long photowalk.)
So, in lieu of more photos from me, we have a Special Guest Photographer -- Google Street View!
Every once in a while, browsing Street View, I'll stumble across a scene and think, "Hey, that's a great picture!" The best example so far may be the photo at the top, from London. Between the man instructing his dog to pee, the clamped car and the graffiti assuring us all that "It's OK!" it's a heck of a scene.
I love the everyday life on the streets -- the kids waving at the camera, like these boys in London...
...or the pets wandering around, like this cat in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Google blurs the faces of the people it photographs, as well as many of the street signs and license plates. I think it's crazy, but it appeases privacy advocates.)
Isn't it cool that we can virtually explore Tel Aviv? Or Yekaterinburg, Russia, or Sao Paulo, Brazil? It's amazing.
I spend a lot of time on Street View. Sometimes I'm reading a news story about a particular place and I want to see what it looks like, or sometimes I get curious about places I've lived or visited and want to see what they look like now.
The scenes can be quite beautiful, like these palm shadows near Venice, Florida. I guess it's the whole million-monkeys-typing thing. You take enough pictures, you're bound to get a few good ones -- even if you're a mechanized camera on the top of a moving car.
How about these dramatic skies in New Iberia, La.?
Or these amazing bougainvillea in Miami?
My Google Street View captures, however, are nothing compared to those gathered by artist Jon Rafman. Take a look!