Meet the artist who photographed the world without leaving home

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The Agoraphobic Traveller

The roads available on Google Street View have led Jacqui Kenny to places she never thought she could go. She is one of the thousands of people around the world who experiences agoraphobia. For her, even the thought of leaving the house is enough to generate stress and panic attacks, making everyday activities like going to the store or to work difficult or even impossible. Her home became her safehaven, imposing tall borders on the size of her world.

It was one day when she found herself clicking through Google Street View when the idea came to her. She stumbled across an arresting scene of a dog running behind the Street View camera car. Jacqui positioned the framing, clicked a screengrab and thought to herself:

"That’s a beautiful picture.”

She went through remote places in parts of the world that had always fascinated her, like Peru and Mongolia, diligently poking down sideroads and out-of-the-way places, capturing the arresting moments that called out to her. The more she explored with Street View, the more she began to find the frames that spoke to her.

Click on an image below to experience a narrated photograph in 360º

And what she found in these seemingly otherworldly locations really spoke to people. Encouraged by her family to share them, in just a few months she’s amassed over 50k followers on her Instagram account. Her photos, evocative of the remoteness that she herself so longs for, speak to something deeper than just a well-framed photo. Traveling this way, being able to go to the places she could only imagine, has allowed Jacqui to find her voice. She’s able to express herself, which means a lot for someone who finds it difficult to go outside their comfort zone. As she puts it:

"Agoraphobia and anxiety limit my ability to travel, so I've found another way to see the world.”

jacqui at her desk
Jacqui close up hat and flowers
exhibit set up film strip experience at gallery

While disorienting, this newfound exposure has helped her feel comfortable stepping out of her shell. She is currently showing in her first solo gallery show, The Agoraphobic Traveller, in Manhattan. In a partnership with Stories For Good she is selling limited edition prints throughout October to raise money for mental health charities during World Mental Health Month. For Jacqui she knows there’s a long road ahead of her, but she’s excited to continue to develop her photography. She doesn’t know where it’ll take her, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Click on the image below to view the exhibit from the NYC gallery show

Darkhan | Mongolia
Darkhan | Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar | Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar | Mongolia
Emeelt | Mongolia
Emeelt | Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar | Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar | Mongolia
Bio Kombinat | Mongolia
Bio Kombinat | Mongolia
Baganuur | Mongolia
Baganuur | Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Mongolia
Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Nalaikh | Mongolia
Zuun Mod | Mongolia
Zuun Mod | Mongolia
Shumen Province | Bulgaria
Shumen Province | Bulgaria
Nakhodka, Primorsky Krai | Russia
Nakhodka, Primorsky Krai | Russia
Issyk-Kul Region | Kyrgyzstan
Issyk-Kul Region | Kyrgyzstan
Chuy Province | Kyrgyzstan
Chuy Province | Kyrgyzstan
Talas Region | Kyrgyzstan
Talas Region | Kyrgyzstan
Smolyan | Bulgaria
Smolyan | Bulgaria
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
Winslow, Arizona | USA
Winslow, Arizona | USA
Congress, Arizona
Congress, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Mexico
Mexico
Rankin, Arizona | USA
Rankin, Arizona | USA
Sonoro | Mexico
Sonoro | Mexico
Sonora | Mexico
Sonora | Mexico
Durango | Mexico
Durango | Mexico
UAE
UAE
Sonora | Mexico
Sonora | Mexico
Mexico
Mexico
St Louis | Senegal
St Louis | Senegal
Senegal
Senegal
Senegal
Senegal
Piura | Peru
Piura | Peru
Piura | Peru
Piura | Peru
Cajamarca | Peru
Cajamarca | Peru
Cajamarca | Peru
Cajamarca | Peru
Lima Region | Peru
Lima Region | Peru
Lima Region | Peru
Lima Region | Peru
Marcona District, Ica | Peru
Marcona District, Ica | Peru
Marcona District, Ica | Peru
Marcona District, Ica | Peru
Puno | Peru
Puno | Peru
Arequipa | Peru
Arequipa | Peru
Arequipa | Peru
Arequipa | Peru
Tacna | Peru
Tacna | Peru
Tacna | Peru
Tacna | Peru
Calama | Peru
Calama | Peru
Antofagasta Region | Chile
Antofagasta Region | Chile
Andacolla | Chile
Andacolla | Chile
Atacama Region | Chile
Atacama Region | Chile
Cape Town, Western Cape | South Africa
Cape Town, Western Cape | South Africa
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