Saturday, February 18, 2012

9-Eyes: The Silliness that is Google Street View


From the serious scenes of the World Press Photo, it's time to look through the other side of photojournalism. Google Street View has grown in bounds and leaps over the last few years, which also means its derivative uses have also multiplied exponentially. One of the more unusual uses is the selection of quirky day-to-day images that have found their way on countless Street View blogs online. For now, enjoy the silliness that is Google Street View as presented by 9-Eyes.


Google Street View was first introduced to the US public in 2007 as part of the larger Google Maps service. The service allows users to see panoramic views of the Earth from a highway, road or street in numerous cities and towns around the world. In theory, it allows online tourists a glimpse of a place they've never had the pleasure of visiting. In practice however, it captures moments that unwitting subjects would rather not have recorded for posterity.


9-Eyes is a blog that collects amusing images from Google Street View. The site is curated by Jon Rafman who began collected Street View images of his own around four years ago. He says that he was attracted to the "spontaneous quality unspoiled by the sensitivities or agendas of a human photographer." Street View indeed is a neutral observer, so finding amusing or alarming pictures is all the more rewarding (or disturbing).


Google has come under fire because of privacy concerns brought about by Google Street View. Althought the service blurs out the faces of its subjects, it still records scenes that have brough embarrasment for some (and entertainment for countless others).

Whether or not you're for the continued unbiased recording of Google Street View, one thing is certain; people will continue to perform mundane activities that somehow, through the lens of the Google Street View cameras, become amusing and bewildering enough to elicit questions for many years to come.


Check out more silly Google Street View pictures over at 9-Eyes. You might also want to check out Michael Wolf's A Series of Unfortunate Events which utilizes images from Google Street View to question the boundaries of photojournalism.

14 comments:

crowbloke said...

un-edited photo`s of real life going on,, thats incredibly rare these days.

Fang said...

The timing of some of the Google Street View photos are amazing. Now the only challenge left is to spot 'em all!

R said...

Haha funny pictures!

Shutterbug said...

Oh, Google Street Maps, how you make me laugh! :P

MRanthrope said...

gotta admit I get a kick out of this every once and a while...looking up where my friends live and stuff.

that police search image is hilarious.

Interwebs Fails said...

LOL
More of these!

Shockgrubz said...

I am for this. I can't count how many pointless hours I've spent just perusing streets so that I may get a glimpse of an idea for a story.

The service is the closest thing to my reality show utopia, where everyone is recorded when they come outside. They don't care because people watch them to pay their bills. Those that don't wish to be watched can take the easy way out and shuttle to the moon or just stay indoors.

D4 said...

I'm seriously digging people who create awesome google street view images. This isn't easy.

Ray Rousell said...

LoL! Some great pics and some disturbing ones too!

duffboi said...

Love the architecture in that one. Wowza :)

Dale Janeé said...

Wow, Google Street view captures everything from sad with the bodies to funny. Did that guy flipping off the camera know it was there or are Google cameras secret? haha

Nice post
~Dale

Electric Addict said...

some people get ready for a pose when they hear google street car comin to town haha

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