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Density and Emptiness

Density and Emptiness | Blunnie's Geo Portfolio |

"In the end of 2012 I travelled to USA to experience something new. And it was something I didn't expect: emptiness and density.  'Merge' is the last part of a project series 'Empty, Dense, Merge' which explores two opposite feelings through the photos of places located in USA.  In this project two opposite places are merged into one: New York City, where, it seems like everyone wants to live there, and Grand Canyon / Death Valley, which are unlivable."

Via Seth Dixon
John Blunnie's insight:

Great photo combining the U.S.'s great spaces with its metropolisis'.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 20, 2013 11:01 AM

This is geographically inspired art at it's finest.  It goes beyond making beautiul jewelry with maps or showing majestic vistas of natural landscapes; the artistic concept that motivated the photographer was geographic in nature.  Population density is highly clustered leaving great spaces of open, empty, unpopulated land and some major cities that are jam-packed with human activity and settlements.  Merging both of these concepts into the same image produced this series of 6 images (as seen in this Atlantic Cities article).

Tags: art, density, NYC, landscape.

oyndrila's comment, July 21, 2013 3:37 AM
Excellent visual resource to convey the concepts.
Josue Maroquin's comment, August 12, 2013 9:17 PM
Amazing it almost looks lkike we, in the US, are living in a huge bowl
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Atlas of True Names

Atlas of True Names | Blunnie's Geo Portfolio |

The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings,
of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States.

For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated,
the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”.

Via Seth Dixon
John Blunnie's insight:

True names give these maps a unique and historic twist.

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, June 16, 2013 4:44 PM
What a good way to get the students thinking and questioning while using this fun set of maps.
Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:57 AM

I loved looking at the map of great britain.  I hope it grabs my pupils' attention as an introduction to maps.

Amy Marques's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:19 PM

Great to see what the original names where! Especially for those that are similar to its current name and those that are completely irrelevant!