“The GSV series is made of more than hundreds of photographs collected from Google Street View. These images are not simple street photos; they hide within them, not only the objects –people in the streets- but also the shadow of the Google Street View camera installed on top of a vehicle. So here, the photographer and the photographed actually co-exist in the same shot. Although some of the individuals subjected to the Google Street View camera are conscious of the situation, they cannot help it. This, then, brings us to a new question, the monopoly that Google holds. Visually intriguing, these images also hide this tiny, hard-to-discern Google trademark; pointing to the authorlessness and anonymity. By making these street photos black and white, Şehitoğlu also erases all clues about time and space. This series, where serendipity plays a big part, bear exciting results because of the unpredictability factor.”

Nilufer Sasmazer

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