Woman Uses Google’s Street View to Become a World Traveling Photographer

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The Mayo Clinic defines agoraphobia as “…a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.” For many, the condition makes it incredibly difficult to travel no matter how much one wants to.

But artist Jacqui has found a way to satisfy her urge to travel while dealing with agoraphobia. In a video from Google, Jacqui explains that she uses Google Maps’ street view capabilities to walk down roads in faraway places, snapping photos (or screenshots) as she goes. She says she has captured at least 27,000 screenshots that depict a brief moment in time that’s accessible to all but seen by few. Google’s ability to allow people to do things they never could at one time has become an increasing strength of the company, as you’ll soon see here.

Jacqui started an Instagram page to show her internet travels and interesting screen captures called @streetview.portraits. She has over 82,000 followers, and it’s easy to see why when you look through her pictures. Removed from the GoogleMaps setting, the images are neatly compiled, quiet, and uncomplicated, without any level of pretention that some might feel emanating from typical travel photography Instagram pages.

“I love how the Google car kicks up dust,” Jacqui tells Google in the video below where she even fights her fears to travel to New York. Check out her interview and Instagram to see more of her work.