Points of Interest

Process

Summary
Points of Interest is an ongoing data-driven landscape photography project that explores how technology—specifically satellite imagery, computer mapping systems, and spatial analysis tools and techniques—can be used to define and explore our sense of place. By layering the geographic footprints of years of satellite imagery I create "interest surfaces" that show areas that have been photographed frequently from space, areas that have been photographed infrequently from space, and all the areas in between. I then travel to the areas of high and low collection or interest and photograph the landscapes that I find there. This work examines how technology creates new views of the landscape that expose tensions between of our increasing fixation on location and our dwindling sense of place.

Read more about the project in the Parsons Journal of Information and Mapping Volume VI, Issue 4.

Points of Interest in the United Arab Emirates As Defined by Commercial Satellite Imagery Collection, 1986-2013
Point of highest collection, Dubai
Point of lowest collection, Dubai
Point of highest collection, Sharjah
Point of lowest collection, Sharjah

Points of Interest in Washoe County As Defined by Commercial Satellite Imagery Collection, 1986-2011
Point of highest collection, Washoe County
Point of lowest collection, Washoe County

Points of Interest in Southern California As Defined by Commercial Satellite Imagery Collection, 1986-2011
Point of highest collection, Los Angeles County
Point of lowest collection, Los Angeles County
Point of highest collection, Ventura County
Point of lowest collection, Ventura County
Point of highest collection, Kern County
Point of lowest collection, Kern County
Point of highest collection, Orange County
Point of lowest collection, Orange County
Point of highest collection, Riverside County
Point of lowest collection, Riverside County
Point of highest collection, San Bernardino County
Point of lowest collection, San Bernardino County