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Real Google Street View images show unexpected scenes of everyday life

Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman collects real undoctored screen captures of Google Street View that come with surprising and unexpected sights — such as vans going up in smoke and snow monkeys soaking up in hot springs. As he wrote in a commentary for Art F City, ‘This very way of recording our world, this tension between an automated camera and a human who seeks meaning, reflects our modern experience.’ It’s fascinating stuff.

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Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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