From Street View to Sheep View

Meet the woman determined to share the Faroe Islands with the rest of the world – using her sheep and a 360° camera...

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You may think that Google Street View has found its way into, snapped and uploaded every corner of the globe by now – but you’d be wrong.

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The search giant somehow hasn’t found it’s way to the Faroe Islands yet.

For born-and-bred Faroese resident Durita Dahl Andreassen, that simply wasn’t good enough. She felt that the incredible landscapes of her homeland should be celebrated, or at the very least seen online, by the rest of the world.

“To me it is the strangest thing that I cannot show my friends in other countries where I am from,” she said. “My home country is beautiful, green and kind of undiscovered – and I want to share it with the world.”

The Faroe Islands sit 200 miles (320km) north-northwest of Scotland, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland. Sheep farming is a major source of income – in fact, there are twice as many sheep as people.

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So Durita (who, naturally, has a flock of her own) came up with an ingenious way of documenting the islands for the web. The sheep roam the islands freely, so why not mount a camera on their back and let them be the photographer?

Using a specially fitted pack, she attached a 360° camera, mobile phone and a few solar panels on the back of a willing four-legged volunteer and rigged it to take one picture a minute. The pictures are sent with GPS coordinates to Durita who then is able to upload the pictures to Google Street View.

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Problem solved!

Durita calls her project Sheepview360 and has created a blog to tell the story of her, the sheep and the Faroe Islands.

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