Stolen Moments: Google Street View Art Project

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The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 21/02/2012 12:28 Updated: 21/02/2012 16:38

A man sits by a roadside crying next to a smashed up car.

A dirty pony noses through a pile of rubbish.

Two men sit apart on a door step, clutching their faces in anguish.

Someone dressed as a superhero takes a nap on a public bench.

If it all sounds too odd to be made up, that's because it isn't.

These four images and hundreds of others form a new photo project by artist Jon Rafman, created by trawling through the snap shots captured on Google Street View.

The Nine Eyes - so named after the lenses mounted on a Google Street View car - is a collection of stolen moments from around the globe that range from the quietly beautiful to the frankly bizarre.


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In some, individuals or groups have spotted the passing camera and wave a hand - or finger - in acknowledgement.

In others, private moments are frozen in time as couples argue or embrace, or solitary figures weep over people or problems we'll never discover.

There is also, of course, a fair share of comedy - note the portly 'Uncle Sam' figure walking down the street, the mansion covered almost entirely in toilet roll or - our favourite - a boarded up building bearing the hand painted sign 'Rod Stewart Fan Club'.

If Google's attempts to map the world strike some as invasive or power hungry, this project offers an interesting - if accidental - counterpoint.

As individual photographs they capture private emotions or memories. As a whole, they seem to encompass all facets of human interaction and experience. The result is a project that feels far more humane than anything we'd normally associate with Google's relentless quest to categorize and document the world.

We've put our favourite The Nine Eyes images into a gallery below, but check out Jon Rafman's official website for more information and images.

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  • For The Nine Eyes of Google Street View at the Saatchi Jon Rafman 8 Rue Valette, Pompertuzat, Midi- Pyrenees, France 2011 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper 146 x 233.7 cm Courtesy of the artist

  • For The Nine Eyes of Google Street View at the Saatchi Jon Rafman Rue des Poissonniers, Paris, France 2009 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper 146 x 233.7 cm Courtesy of the artist

  • For The Nine Eyes of Google Street View at the Saatchi Jon Rafman 853 Ménez Ham, Kerlouan, Finistere, France 2009 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper 146 x 233.7 cm Courtesy of the artist

  • For The Nine Eyes of Google Street View at the Saatchi Jon Rafman Via Colombo, Mediglia, Lombardy, Italy 2009 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper 146 x 233.7 cm Courtesy of the artist

  • For The Nine Eyes of Google Street View at the Saatchi Jon Rafman Rv888, Finnmark, Norway 2010 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper 146 x 233.7 cm Courtesy of the artist

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).

  • Google Street View images, as see on www.9-eyes.com (Photo credit: Google).