Given my recent travels around the world, I’m reminded of a piece in the Guardian about a collection of images from Google’s Street View project that were censored for potentially objectionable content. I can’t think of anything particular I’ve seen that I felt should be filtered out before sharing with friends, but maybe I just haven’t been anywhere quite so interesting yet.
These were collected by an artist named Jon Rafman, who’s “Nine Eyes of Google Street View” project refers to the number of cameras in the Street View system.
Just to warn you in advance, some of this may not be safe for work or people with sensitive dispositions. However, here are some of my general impressions from the images on his website (more thorough than what the Guardian shares).
There are a lot of dead or injured bodies in Latin America. You’ll also see a lot of traffic stops by the military or drug cartels in a variety of locations. Prostitutes come and go. And of course some people just like to have fun mooning the cameras. I especially like the picture of the lonely Roman centurion walking outside what I believe is the Monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II in Rome.
I find it odd that I’ve never seen a Google Street View camera team despite growing up only a few short miles from their HQ. Maybe this means they accomplished all the local imaging I was going to see in the earlier years before I started paying attention. In any case, wouldn’t it be fun if you had advanced notice they were coming? You could create entire orchestrated flash mobs designed for still images!