On the first of October 2007, I set out on a journey across the continent. I packed a used Chevy and set out on a drive from Montreal to Los Angeles. For several weeks, my car was home, haven and hardtop. In May 2008, my travels continued as I drove up the Pacific coast, then Across Canada from Victoria to St. John's. The views out my windows provided constant ephemeral panoramas as I passed from desert to valley, from mountain to forest.

Overlapping with my drive, Google has deployed a worldwide fleet of cars to take photographs for their Street View feature in Google Maps, creating a permanent collection of global panoramas. However, despite the breadth of images, Google's Street View is altogether beguiling. Removed from humanity, these photographs are perhaps not memory, but information.

Several moments are distilled through two photographs: one from my drive and another from Google Street View. When gazing through the viewing-windshields, the images merge while still remaining perceptually separate, like a magic-eye image. However, despite the asynchrony of the two images, a commonality still exists within the two.

Roadtrip Map