Surreal “postcards” from Google Earth

Jodi Ettenberg Legal nomads

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

Sometimes even Google makes our world look even crazier than it actually is, as evidenced by these surreal and quirky screenshots of Google Earth collected by Clement Valla. In his own words:

“I collect Google Earth images. I discovered strange moments where the illusion of a seamless representation of the Earth’s surface seems to break down. At first, I thought they were glitches, or errors in the algorithm, but looking closer I realized the situation was actually more interesting — these images are not glitches. […] These uncanny images focus our attention on that process itself, and the network of algorithms, computers, storage systems, automated cameras, maps, pilots, engineers, photographers, surveyors and map-makers that generate them.”

For the full collection, see Clement’s site Postcards from Planet Earth. For more about this collection and why the images are as skewed as they are, see this great Rhizome magazine article.



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