Skip to comments.'Places of Isolation' Artist Explores Street View's Loneliest Lanes
Posted on 11/24/2011 12:24:25 PM PST by Cardhu
Google is everywhere, including places one might least suspect. Photographer Aaron Hobson has created a series of breathtaking panoramas highlighting some of the most remote places documented by Google Street View. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he discusses his virtual journeys.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Hobson, you didn't photograph your latest series of photos yourself -- they came from Google's Street View service. How did that come about?
Hobson: I began working on a film I was asked to direct by a producer in Los Angeles. I am unfamiliar with Los Angeles. Since that is where we are going to shoot the film, I begen to use Google Street View to do the location scouting for the project. I spent countless hours traveling the streets of L.A. in search of locations ideal for each scene. I was simply amazed at how much area was photographed by the Google cars. There wasn't an alley or street in L.A. that I could not 'drive' down and look in every direction every 15 feet for a shot.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Los Angeles? It seems like you were looking for an escape. Your 'GSV Cinemascapes' often show odd places in remote parts of the world.
Hobson: After location scouting I began to explore other places around the globe for my amusement. After a few days I was addicted to this virtual world of travel. I would start on a remote road in Norway, for example, and just go forward on it for miles and miles, hour after hour. I would become immersed and 'lost' in this world. Then I began to explore more remote locations. I live in a remote location myself, and I wanted to find other places similar to where I live.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: It sounds like a nice leisure activity, how did...
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