The images collected in Manchester UK based photographer Mishka Henner‘s new book No Man’s Land are haunting, to say the least. Henner has compiled candid, incidental shots of rural sex workers as seen through the eyes of Google’s Street View cameras as they drive up and down all the back roads and main streets of countries around the world in its mission to map the planet. In this, Google Street View unintentionally proves that sex workers are, in fact, part of the fabric that makes this map. The images are from Italy, Spain and Romania.
Fullscreen the images when you look through them. I find the images wholly eerie, at the very least because Google Street View is visually unsettling. Google’s Street View cameras are already eerie with what they do to everyday scenes in the way that they blur and smear people like a dream sequence special effect, and it’s true that in horror films one of the most effective lighting techniques used to frighten audiences is natural lighting (Kubrick; The Shining). These photos are accidents. These moments are snapshots of the unseen, and yes, the unheard. The desolate settings are, in my opinion, scary.