DC Lenz #4
|| 5/5/2005 || 10:26 am || Comments Off on DC Lenz #4 || ||
This is my favorite rendering from the Lenz Project. It is a hybrid of the “Lenz Project” and the newly created “Quilt Project.” The background is almost exactly the same as the DC Memory rendering, and the forground includes the new reflection style from the “Quilt Project,” but what makes it so interesting is that the imagery is magnified by the Lenz. My favorite aspect of this specific rendering is the way, like DC Memory rendering, the White House is bent & reflected around the center of the image. I also really like the way the rendering takes advantage of the visual redaction of the Treasury Department Building & the Old Executive Office Building. I wonder what other important building I could apply this “bending” to? Regardless, I look forward to making more renderings with this new template!
view detail of the center:
The Insular American
|| 5/3/2005 || 3:08 pm || Comments Off on The Insular American || ||
I really like last week’s Op-Ed by Derrick Z. Jackson in the Boston Globe about “the Insular American.” Jackson quotes Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka discussing the importance of Geography:
”For me, geography is the summit of human existence. It dictates the culture, it contains the history of how human beings actually recreated existence depending on the environment.” In the United States, he continued, ”geography is ‘What is the capital of California?’ and once they say that, they think they know the world.
”The way we were taught geography, it is what made us so confident in the critical assessment of other nations. We know them, I mean, you don’t know them all the way, but we know them in a way that is fundamental to the relationship of humanity to the natural environment.
”Once people understand that, you understand why Eskimos live in igloos, and you don’t see that as backwards but as an intelligent use of resources. You understand why certain peoples eat horrible looking grubs and you recognize them as superior to hamburgers. Curiosity precedes critical thinking. If you’re not curious, you can’t think.”
Soyinka laughs one more time when he says geography was even more important than history. ”History can always be cooked up, written from the winner’s point of view. History is 90 percent fiction. Geography is the material reality from which everything else derives.”
Makes me proud to call myself a geographer, who is dedicated to the advancement of geographic education…
The Quilt Project / Minneapolis Quilt
|| 5/2/2005 || 9:39 pm || Comments Off on The Quilt Project / Minneapolis Quilt || ||
I’ve officially started a new series called the “Quilt Project.” It began with “Ivan Memory,” and the second installation of this series is the rendering above. This is the second rendering using downtown Minneapolis as my subject, and I think this version a lot more subtle in it’s features, but more fun to look at.
Similar to the Lenz Project,” the “Quilt Project” has the ability to incorporate all of the aerial and satellite imagery I’ve acquired over the last few years. This technical aspect of this series is not as interesting as the “Star Of #2” series, but I feel these renderings are absolutely gorgeous. They are so simple, yet so visually engaging, they remind me of futuristic tapestries. These next renderings will be Tapestries of the Earth on a micro scale, that revolve around a center focus and are completely symmetrical. In fact, I think would be beautiful to have them printed out on to a cloth fabric and actually make them into rugs. I wonder if someone would purchase an “Earth Tapestry.” I’ll ask around…
Up next, the Netherlands Quilt!
view rendering detail:
|| 5/1/2005 || 5:39 am || Comments Off on Ivan Memory || ||
Using an aerial photograph from NOAA of Pensacola, Florida taken shortly after Hurricane Ivan, I’ve modified my old “memory” template to produce this rendering. Instead of keeping some background imagery, like in DC Memory, I’ve made this rendering to show only the two primatives used to make the rendering. The result is what I think to be the future of my next renderings (as in expect more renderings in the “memory” series). I really like the way the reflection of the source imagery makes the bridge over the water appear to be an oval. I can’t wait to get this map printed!