There's hardly anyone on the streets on Google Street View.
You wonder how they do it; in real life you get the feeling you can't be alone for thirty seconds. In any case, it's a good place to be, in this dull double of the world. You're finally alone with your memories, with your fantasies.
I'm walking on Google Street View in my old footsteps.
I retrace my route through this life – literally.
I'm paying a final visit to the places I once knew, to what will have been the backdrop of my life; today an empty backdrop, as if relegated to the storerooms of an old theatre. The silent, motionless reserves of Time.
I also reconstruct the lives and journeys of the people I meet. I try to see through their eyes.
Each itinerary is an anonymous, encrypted biography.
Just as Borgès might tell us that the Universe is itself a labyrinth, each life is a drift, à la Debord; but an involuntary and unconscious drift.
There's a light, a luminosity, almost a weather that's specific to Google Street View.
It strikes me every time.
White skies that promise no afterlife. A neutral, pale light, the true light of memory, which is neither the blinding light of a blue summer sky, nor a golden autumn twilight, but the milky light of an empty sky ready to swallow the world.