2018 An Online Odyssey on Google Maps

 

自2018年開始,我於倫敦的睡房裹網上旅行。目的地是在汪洋上孤立的海島。

 

這旅程的第一站是復活節島,之後是法羅群島,端島,南喬治亞與南桑威奇群島等等。這些島嶼與我當刻在倫敦的睡房的距離十分遙遠。估計不花上一星期以上時間及幾個月的生活費才能到達。要親身探訪這些島嶼對我來說是天方夜談。然而現在我可以透過谷歌地圖中的街景技術就可以一邊「走」一邊「看」絕世景色。即使我聽不到嘯嘯的海風,感受不到驚濤駭浪,亦只能跟隨拍攝者的路線,但我在這段段數碼旅程中的確得到類似親身體驗的滿足,我依然會能夠一步一步親自發現一些令人讚嘆的景色。

 

但這一切只是數碼體驗。數碼可以模仿現實和表現無法存在於現實的事物,但不能還原真實。我看到的是由像素組成的景色,感受到的是數碼影像的獨有的魅力。

 

 

Since 2018, I have begun exploring the remote islands on the Internet in my room in London.

 

The first island I stepped in this journey was Easter Island, and then Faroe Islands, Hashima, South George and the South Sandwich Islands and so on. These islands are far away from where I was in London. I estimate the cost of travelling to each island may take me more weeks and a couple of months of my living fee. These islands, so far, are untouchable to me. But now, I can “walk” and “see” the wonderful landscapes on the Google Maps. Even I can’t hear the waves, feel the winds, and only be able to follow the paths of the images collectors, I can discover the amazing landscapes by myself.

 

However, it is only a digital experience. Digits can imitate reality and preform the things only existing in the digital realm, but never be able to recreate the reality. What I see are pixels and feel the unique fascination of the digital image.

2020 An Online Odyssey on Google Maps

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