Clement Valla’s series “Postcards from Google Earth” features glitches in Google Earth’s images of bridges and overpasses.
Google Earth has developed an extended network of automated cameras, operators, satellites, aerial photographers, programmers, and terrain and map information to assemble an ever more convincing representation of the planet. This mostly automated system sometimes produces unexpected and wonderful artifacts. The bridges in these postcards are glitches that occur when the 2d satellite imagery and 3d terrain don’t line up quite right, or structures such as bridges are projected down onto the terrain below, creating fabulous and unintentional distortions. These images are like funhouse mirrors – strange illusions and reflections of the real.