What if North America were inside-out?


What if?

One of the main questions I ask myself when working is what if? What if this was bigger, smaller, faster, slower. What if the mountains were lower, the valleys higher? Not everything works, but the constant exploration leads me to places that I wouldn’t have arrived at otherwise.

Detail of the upper Midwest.

Detail of the upper Midwest.

This inverse map of the lower 48 states is one of those successful experiments. By inverting the elevation data, yet lighting the scene as I normally would, I make physical what would be a depression (streams, rivers, etc.) and make depressions out of what would have been elevated areas (mountains and hills for example). I want to see how visualizing landforms in unexpected ways can help us to understand the places we live in a richer way.

The Mississippi Delta

Scott Reinhard