Daniel Schwarz highlights the staggering, seasonal faults in Google Maps’ landscapes in his series Juxtapose. This series of images have been directly taken directly from Google Maps, and expose distant places, far from society, shown simultaneously under the force of contrary seasons and weather phenomena at varying times.
The photographies arise from defects which are created automatically when Google Maps’ algorithm stitches images of updated photos with prior recorded ones together in a grid- like view. The glitched images force viewers to interrogate how technology changes our understanding of time, space and place.
Google Maps is the world’s most widely used mapping service. It influences our perception and understanding of the world and its geography, and since the technology was introduced in 2005, has become a ubiquitous day-to-day tool. Modern life is now unthinkable without it.
"Although the satellite images give users a godlike power in jumping from one continent to the next in the blink of an eye, they are also highly abstracted from time, nature and their interrelationships. Google Maps images are not updated in real time, but instead stem from several months or years old datasets. Their exact dates remain unknown to the user." Daniel Schwartz