Every map that we encounter has been conceptualized to some degree through a combination of scale and illustration. Every landscape that we encounter has not – it presents itself to us as plainly as possible, yet adulterated by outside forces. Anyone who has climbed mountains or sailed across oceans can attest to the fickle nature of the weather and how, more often than not, conditions will vary from what was planned for. These maps are meant to illustrate not a place per se, but rather the experience of being in a place at a particular time. Divorced from the land or sea itself, they document the fleeting nature of passages, indicating only relationships to light and wind.
Light and Shadow on the Red Trail, Mendon Ponds, September 3, 2020