Paper routes. All the swings in Harlem. Lost souls. The maps encased in Where You Are, the latest offering from the lovely ladies at London-based publisher Visual Editions, won't actually get you anywhere — but they sure are fun to look at.
Sixteen creative types contributed a personal entry for the collection in their own unique style of modern cartography. The gamut of mediums is represented — fiction (and non), painting, photos, illustration — and each can be experienced in an interactive internet edition as well as a print volume.
I'm still working my way through the different entries online and imagine exploring the paper copies would be a completely different experience. Because: Well, it's print, but not printed like a traditional book. Both versions seem engineered to be discovered in the same way you would put your feelers out at a new destination, in fits and starts, following leads then backtracking — a series of Choose Your Own Adventure tales crafted by storytellers with serious artistic tendencies and a deep love for design. It makes me miss the times I traveled with a completely crumpled fold-up map and a pen, annotating every damn thing as I went along.
Below are snippets of some of the selections; browse around, then let your mind wander to your own sacred spots for a while.
You can purchase a copy of Where You Are for a cool $US50 here.