Monday, July 16, 2007

United Lakes of Atlantica

Over the weekend Strange Maps posted an inverted map of the world. The imaginary map was designed by Vlad Gerasimov who made it as desktop wallpaper available at Vladlabs.

Aside from the Grand Inversion, the map symbols would suggest that the climate, landforms, coastlines, flora, and fauna are more or less in tact. In that case, I suppose I'd be most at home just north and east of Bermuda City. Or somewhere within a canoe ride of the Great Islands.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at July 16, 2007 7:20 AM to Rhetorico-Geography

Cool. The thing I think I like best about this image is how it foregrounds the conventionality of maps: it's hard to force myself to perceive what are normally land masses as water, and vice versa. It reminds us that so much of what we "see" on maps is actually, and largely unconsciously, supplied by our own imaginations.

Posted by: Lance at July 17, 2007 8:50 PM

Yeah, I also like the way this image puts inversion to work so the map contrasts with the usual ways of seeing (and perhaps identify with) common projections of the globe. I, too, find it hard to see the land as water and vice versa. It seems to amplify some sort of precognitive selection--whatever stamp the conventional projection has made on us that certain forms are always land and certain forms are always water.

Posted by: Derek at July 17, 2007 10:43 PM