Yesterday, I saw the Google streetview camera car in my city – twice!
Hopefully, there will be two pictures of me soon on streetview in Hamilton – one waving at the camera from the corner of James & Cannon and the other from near the bus station. At the very least, I got a wave back from the gentleman driving the google car. Also a bonus is the fact I was wearing one of my new t-shirts I silkscreened this weekend (see post below). Is it silly for me to feel so giddy for having a chance to be included on this service? I feel like I have just had my portrait taken by a famous artist.
Well, hold on, I guess that won’t happen because Google now blurs the faces of people captured on their streetview cameras. But my artwork on my shirt will hopefully not be blurred out.
Though I think of the service as a giant artwork by a giant entity, I know of a lot of artists who are doing really interesting work by pulling stills of scenes that the camera happened across.
So I decided to look for sublime, poignant scenes myself and decided to look along forested, remote areas in eastern California and the results are below. I could probably spend the rest of my career doing this – way too much fun. Anyways, an aspect that fascinates me is the automatic face blurring algorithm and this seems to apply to facial-esque compositions the service finds in nature as well. See below.