Artist Pastes Google Street View Photos of People Back Into the Real World
Google’s Street View imagery features plenty of photographs of people, but they’re often distorted and almost always feature blurred faces. Street Ghosts is a project by artist Paolo Cirio that reintroduces these distinctive portraits back into the real world. After choosing a particular photo containing a person in Street View, Cirio prints it out as a life-sized print on thin paper, cuts out the person, and then uses wheat-paste to affix the giant person photo onto the exact location where the photo appeared in the virtual world.
For each of the photographs shown here, the image on the left shows what the real life location looks like with Cirio’s pasted photo, while the image on the right shows the Google Street View image that was used.
Cirio has put up these images in New York City, Berlin, and London. You can follow the project on the official website, which includes a map showing where these “ghosts” can be found.