13 July 2017

Melbourne Street Art 1

All photos are copyright Google/Alphabet. Modifications by Jeff Diver via Google Picasa.
Original Street View link: Color splash on Hosier Ln.

Street Art Gallery: Melbourne Australia - Part 1

Thanks to Google for the cameras,
to Google's anonymous photographers for their control of those cameras
to +Jason Boyes for the inspiration
and to +Enrique Alcalde Morales for the word of encouragement
...just when I needed it.

Melbourne easily transmits a spirit of vibrant enthusiasm for life through its art and architecture. Downtown Melbourne has a remarkable number of narrow alleys and corridors. It is mostly along these paths that Google Street View cameras discovered the art featured here.

Street View cameras and the way they are customarily handled impose limitations on the vicarious explorer. Good views are not always available for specific areas of interest. On the other hand, when Street View visits a location more than once, the historical record thus provided is an important contribution of the medium, particularly where ephemeral art is concerned.

Two views of ACDC Lane, one in 2014 and the other in 2016 preserve the art of their times:

ACDC 2014

ACDC 2016
Below are samples of ACDC Lane's displays as seen by Street View:


sound system

break time 
just looking

Meanwhile, over on Blender Lane, someone wearing colorful shorts engages in a popular early 21st century pastime...

texting a friend
Melbourne architects have taken note of their surroundings and are creating colorful new additions to the landscape that just might be inspired by the art in nearby alleys. Below is a sample from Bouviere St.

new reflections

looking up!

Google looks down
Street artists are keenly aware that some do not appreciate their surroundings. Artists know their place--they know it as nobody else can! 

speaking truth on Caledonian Lane
(Google Street View algorithms carefully shield the identity of the lady on the right,
as they blur every human "face.")
Does Australia host any bird that can actually fly? This Caledonian Lane visitor apparently needed a lift!

lazy flier
Croft Alley provides Google with a great deal to admire. Street View hardware  provides us with a unique view of every scene, a few feet above average human height.

rainbow repose

busy characters

Please don't feed the Jaguar--anything!

hooting in style


putting out the trash

a little more red needed over there...


Melbourne Street Art Part 2 (under construction as of this July 2017 writing) continues our alphabetical street tour with images from Drewery Lane. 

07 June 2017

Valladolid Spain

updated 8 June 2017

Street View Tourist,Valladolid

Inspired by a flash mob (see https://goo.gl/OkQHAo), I decided to visit the vicinity where the event unfolded. Intrigued by the fact the organizers had chosen a library for the venue, I began exploring. It was not long before I became pleasantly lost.

In the vicinity of the library the architecture is modern by European standards. Much of it is pretty generic and bland. Every once in awhile, however there is an inspiring diversion.

For kids, a special effort to enliven the world.
Archways and entranceways are notable throughout Valladolid. Here are a few examples:

Links below photos are to Google Street View locations.
An arch in full sunshine (Aug 2016)...
Shadows add interest, sometimes color...
While some do just as well in reflected light.
Every once in awhile there is an entrance that has "potential" ...

On the other hand we discover entrances that have fully realized their potential...
...both outside and in!

Towers emerge from the shadows of the narrow streets.
As curator of the Arnold Galleries and The Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885, I am always on the lookout for traces of the 19th century and was pleased to find a couple in Valladolid.

Mercado del Val 1882
Lamp post
As a Street View tourists, we do not more than glimpse the virtues of Valladolid. It seems to be a prosperous place with a focus on the future, while it reveals just a tidbit of its history every so often.

On the way out of town, we pass road cuts that give us a good idea of the geology of the area while passing a road sign that confirms we are indeed leaving Valladolid.

road cut #1

We will remember how Google Street View
revealed both the old and the new

The sign says we are leaving. Those who installed it could not know that, thanks to
Google Street View, Valladolid's boundaries now encompass the world!

02 June 2017

Pamplona, Navarre

A salute to the possibilities ...

Suddenly, Pamplona!

A musical performance* transported me to Pamplona. Here's a Google Street View tourist's take on this historic destination. I hadn't planned on visiting, but I'm happy I did!

Reserved for you!
Google Street View invites you to visit.
Begin your explorations with the Archivo de Navarra.
The Royal Palace of Pamplona was renovated to house the Archives in 2003.
Pamplona is the home of dramatic shadows.
Street View was here!
Where Google Street View cameras pass by every few years, it is possible to call up previous views to check on the recent history of a landmark. This is done by clicking in the upper left of the Maps screen,which gives one the capability of sliding from one year to another. Here's what we got at the Banesto location:

First, the box:
On Google Maps, (not here) you can click on the image in the box for a full-screen view.
The "Banesto series" follows:

Street View May 2012
Street View Aug 2014
Street View March 2015
Street View July 2016
Banesto was a bank that was renamed, gobbled up, etc.
See Wikipedia for further details and current owner.
We explore
both shadows and reflections....
Ok, we're lost! But who cares? On Street View there are no dangerous neighborhoods!
At the corner of where you're going and where you've been.
Narrow passageways play with sunlight...
...while local residents play with color.
Portal to our next adventure!
Join us!
All images above were derived from Google Street View using Google Picasa.