Reinhard made maps as a way to better understand the geography of a region in itself while also telling a story about what forces it created. He chooses to choose regions with personal connections or those who grow in his curiosity. "I'm from Indiana, who always felt so flat and boring," he said Colossal . "When I started rendering elevation data for the state, the story of the land appeared. Glaciers that breathe throughout the northern half of the state after the final ice age have been forgotten and sunk and made the land in a way very clearly. "
Many students are struggling to identify geophysical and geographic maps, so for Reinhard, the project is a way to gain a better understanding of the forces that shape the landscapes of America. "As a visual person, I am most interested in using visual ability to use data and create images that have helped me gain insight into locations," he said. "I felt the ability to collect and process lots of information available for free, and create beautiful images."
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Reinhard took that idea in the logical next step by combining real 3D allowing mountains and other things to send shadows, adding to realism and making it more engaging. His 3D map of Yellowstone Park, based on an initial 1878 geological survey, is particularly engaging (top, left). You can buy high-quality copies of its Chromogenic copies that use traditional color photography development, on its website.