The brain is not an album in which memories are stored discreetly like unchanging photographs. A memory is instead, a fleeting constellation of brain activity. Google Street View, on the contrary, is an online database of fixed images that give a visual representation of any place where data is available. The terrain of data stored online is so unimaginably vast, and impossible to maintain, that while traversing every conceivable angle, one can feel alone in an undiscovered place that looks entirely familiar. Just like home.
The images in the series Search Windows consists of images from Midwestern suburban areas chosen on the computer through Google searches of the chosen words that I associate with nostalgic feelings of home such as “fireflies”, “carpet”, “apple pie” and other terms used to conjure a emotional association with a place. I am interested in the conceptual implications of presenting an idea of “home” through virtual means, but the impersonal nature also just seems more in tune with my emotions about my own experience.