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Julia Cremers

One of those people.

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Posted on March 6, 2015

 

Posted on March 6, 2015 

 

Posted on September 27, 2015

 

"So, you are one of those people." A friend had said, and laughed, when I had told him I posted my own pictures of city details and landscapes on Google Maps. Yes I am, I answered him, I have always made those pictures, but now I have found a purpose!

 

 

Posted on September 27, 2015 

 

My photo's appeared on Google Maps through Panoramio; a service where both professional and amateur photographers could upload pictures of any location on earth. This picture was then connected to the geographical location where it was taken and became publically available on Google Maps. 

Panoramio was never meant as a platform for artistic expression. It was meant as a communal catalogue. There were strict conditions a photo had to meet in order to appear online: the portrayed had to match reality and preferably showed as little temporary objects as possible; the photo's main object had to be its scenery and only accidental human action was allowed to be visible. 


 

Posted on September 27, 2015

 

Posted on September 27, 2015 


Panoramio's users automatically had a profile which showed the collection of all the photographs the specific used had uploaded. Other users could visit these profiles, and reply to and rate the pictures. I liked looking at other people's profiles; on every one of them, a personal preference or way of photographing could be discovered. 


I had never asked my friend to explain what he had meant. I had answered him too quickly. Did he refer to the need to add something personal to the collective image of the world's temporal appearance?

But then I remembered that I had memorized our conversation wrongly. In reality, my friend had laughed and said: "I have always wondered what people were behind those photographs. But it's you."