This week I dipped my toes into the world of digital maps and created one on the web. As I acquainted myself with the tools to do this, I couldn't help but compare maps to photographs. Broadly, both distort the world by collapsing three-dimensional space into two and present particular points of view with visual information as the result of conscious and intuitive decisions (to use certain software tools/equipment, to use this dataset over that one, to lock in this view instead of the next). Though we live with constant change, both representations freeze moments in time and space with of arrays of data, and we often believe the results to offer some truth, perhaps finding security in the stasis. (I'm remembering Mimi's comment from class about the grounding nature of maps.) I'm curious about the interplay between maps and photographic imagery. Maybe I'll explore their relationship further this semester, starting with this introductory exercise.