jon rafman

by blokink

9-eyes is a photography project by Jon Rafman utilizing images from Google Street View.

“As social beings we want to matter and we want to matter to someone, we want to count and be counted, but loneliness and anonymity are more often our plight.”

The detached gaze of the automated camera can lead to a sense that we are observed simultaneously by everyone and by no one.

In theory, we are all equally subject to being photographed, but the Street View collections often reveal it is the poor and the marginalized who fall within the purview of the Google camera gaze.

There is a good essay here and more photos here.