Google Street View South Africa's National Parks.........Amazing! Isn't it?

in photography •  21 days ago

I know I said in my #Introduceyourself post the I'd tell you the tale of how a Scottish TV director came to meet American #cryptocurrency guru @heiditravels on a beach in Cape Town, South Africa but you're going to have to wait. I have a more pressing topic I want to discuss.

Long story short but I just happen to work in the the same shared office space as the guys behind a project that has opened up the world. Google Street view gone wild. They're an incredible team of people who spent close to a year trekking through South Africa's breath-taking scenery with a 22kg Google Street view camera called 'Gary'.

Using technology that feels like part of the fabric of the internet, they've brought "...170 new trails, six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and all 19 National Parks..." to our screens. We can now access "...a large 360-imagery collection of the country’s wildest regions.." at the click of a mouse. It really is beautiful stuff and I think my co-workers have done an amazing job.

So why is my gut feeling to dislike it, intensely?

Here I am, planning to write blogs and post pictures so others can enjoy the same incredible country, through my eyes, and I feel like a raging hypocrite but it really doesn't sit well with me and I'm genuinely not sure why.

Maybe I'm jealous?

I don't think so. Well, maybe a little as they've explored places I'd love to see and had adventurous encounters I'd love to experience but I really do admire their work and the creativity that's gone into it. I don't think my dislike stems from jealousy.

Maybe I want to keep it all for myself?

Then why would I be so passionate about taking pictures and sharing them? Definitely not a desire to exclude others from enjoying the beauty of the world. In fact I feel quite the opposite. The more people who can step out of their comfort zone and experience what the world has to offer, the better.

I spent three months working with an NGO in Madagascar, living and breathing the local culture, and it taught me more about sustainable conservation than three years at University.

Might that be where the problem lies?

I love technology. I love being connected to the wonderful wide web. I love what it's allowed people to do and for the connections it's opened up, but it highlights the connections I fear we risk losing. The connections to one another.

At the click of a button we're magically transported to the top of Table Mountain, the starlit skies of the Drakensberg or trekking with lions Kruger and they are simply spectacular.

https://www.discoverafrica.com/southafrica360/

But the one thing that's missing are the connections to people. The ones who make the journey memorable and hopefully life changing. The friends you make for just a day or for a lifetime. From the joy and challenge of living a different life. From the good times to the terrible times. All of those are missing when we explore the wonders of the world through the eyes of an inanimate object.

The whole process of questioning my emotional response has helped me to understand that sharing my #photography is great but what's more important along my #Steemit journey is sharing the stories behind each and every one of those images.

I hope the Google Street View of South Africa really will inspire people to get out there and explore what the world has to offer, it really is worth it and that's certainly what I hope to achieve by sharing my blog with you.

#teamsouthafrica

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Wonderful Africa. Love it :)

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So excited to share more of her wonders with the Steemit community

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Yeah, we call it the "black pearl"...:)

And white genocide on farms, there.

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Pretty sure that comment has no relevance to my blog but everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. Perhaps the place to share them is on a post relating to the topic.

Go to Siberia.

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I'd love to. I've heard it has some of the most incredible scenery.

This is awesome. Just to be a part of this must be an amazing experience.

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It is certainly opening up the world.

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Beautiful post, I couldn't agree more. Most of the time when I go home and share my photos with my family I feel like I can't ever properly express the true experience. Nothing will ever replace the feeling you get when you connect with someone from a completely different part of the world, location-wise and culture-wise.
It's enough to change your perspective forever.
The best we can do is share our stories in a way that inspires others to gain their own experiences that they'll treasure

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my parents went for 6 weeks about 35 years ago and they really liked it! I would like to be able to go once ... or twice :-) It looks like South Africans are very proud and happy with their country, from @craigcryptoking we get such nice pics as well. Thank you for sharing.

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It really is a very special place. And thanks for the recommendation, will check out @craigcryptoking

Good post, I am a photographer, it passes for my blog and sees my content, I hope that it should be of your taste, you have my vote :D greetings

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Hey @sorn1992, I've been looking for some good photography blogs to follow so will check yours out.

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We can now to see the world! Check out the pyramids😊.

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Opening up a whole new dimension.

Nice photography.. Vote for you

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Thanks @Kaleem345. Will be posting lots more pics soon so keep watching :-)

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oh thanks dear.. keep in touch i hope we enjoy

I didn't know! I will be looking at these hites to see how it comes out...Thanks for the "Heads Up". By the way, nothing beats the instinct of a real photographer