Agoraphobic Artist Travels The World Without Leaving Her House

Jacqui Kenny has always wanted to travel the world, meet new people and discover different cultures, but she suffers from agoraphobia – an anxiety disorder characterized by fear of public spaces, public transportation, open spaces and/or large crowds – so she rarely gets to leave her house. Luckily, modern technology allows her to live out her dream, sort of.

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Jacqui was diagnosed with agoraphobia 8 years ago, but she has been dealing with extreme anxiety and panic attacks for over 20 years now. Last year was a particularly trying time, as a company that she had co-founded for many years had just closed, and dealing with the stress of it, on top of her mental issues, was tough. She didn’t know what she was going to do with her life, and leaving the house to face the world was not an option. She needed something to keep her busy, and somehow, she discovered Google Street View.

“I can’t quite remember why I started looking through Google Street View but I happened to stumble across a few things I liked and decided to delve a little deeper,” the 43-year-old artist told Metro.co.uk. “I really loved the possibilities that comes with selecting and curating from billions of images that have been captured and frozen in time. he Google camera gives the images a really interesting point of view.”

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Google Street View Scene – Chasing the Google car, playing football or just hanging out, here are my favourite captures of kids from all around the world. On another note, I'm currently looking for a Creative Assistant to work alongside me over the next few months. I've got a couple of really exciting art and photography projects starting and I'm looking for someone who can help with image research, image curation and also with a bit of design/photoshop work. The job will be based in Central London. If you're interested and want to know more, send me a DM along with some info about you X. . . . . #theagoraphobictraveller #streetviewportraits #anxiety #mentalhealth #googlestreetview #agoraphobia

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Google Street View Scene – Here are a few of my favourite finds from 2017. I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for helping make my year so special. Thank you so much for all your amazing support and all your wonderful messages. I’ve been overwhelmed by your generosity of spirit. Also, a big thank you to everyone that bought prints. Together we’ve raised thousands of dollars to help support the incredible Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. I’m still selling prints, so if you haven’t checked them out already, the link is in my bio. Finally, a special thank you to @Google who not only supported my exhibition in New York but also put my story on their front page, helping raise awareness for agoraphobia and mental health. Happy New Year everyone. xx . . . #theagoraphobictraveller #streetviewportraits #anxiety #mentalhealth #googlestreetview #2017 #happynewyear #treesofinstagram #lightandshadow

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Google Street View Scene – I'm doing something a bit different over the next few days. I'm putting up some of my old favourite images but also adding the link to the coordinates, so you check them out on Google Maps yourselves. This was taken in the village of Arashan, which is located just to the south of the city of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It is a very mountainous and beautiful country and for this reason I'm giving you a few links to some of my other favourite shots in Kyrgyzstan. Just type these urls in to your browser. bit.ly/2m3YEqA – Old and new, Arashan bit.ly/2lThwqh – Horses and cattle, Naryn Region bit.ly/2m3Sd76 – Lenina Street, Naryn Region  bit.ly/2m9I2Ox – Girl and cattle,Arslanbob

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Google Street View Scene – I'm doing something a bit different over the next few days. I'm putting up some of my old favourite images but also adding the link to the coordinates, so you check them out on Google Maps yourselves. Here's a couple of my favourite shots from Arequipa, Peru. Just type them into your browser – bit.ly/2m9RpOa and bit.ly/2mf1U36 . . . . . #peru #paperjournalmag #streets_oftheworld #subjectivelyobjective #burnmagazine #somewheremagazine #oystermagazine #noicemag #onbooooooom #ifyouleave #lensculture #foamagazine #architecture #desert #minimal #desertlife #sunshine #composition #bluesky #minimalism #minimalove #agraphobictraveller #streetview #streetviewportraits

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