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Mashing Up Photos with Google Maps for Context | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees
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Mashing Up Photos with Google Maps for Context

I’ve been posting photos to #walkingtoworktoday for many years now. There’s a lot of motivating factors for why I do it everyday. One consistent theme is that I want to keep my eyes open at all times while listening to the internal dialog when I see something that I hadn’t noticed before in NYC.

Recently I came across a site that pulls in hashtags from Twitter and overlays them with geo data from Google Maps. All of a sudden I had a new context for everything that I shot (and others) with the hashtag #walkingtoworktoday.

Seeing what I shot pulled out in a larger context was addicting. I couldn’t wait to see the next image after image to help give context to the image I shot in the left upper corner. Weather, time of day and angle either helped show the scene or completely contradicted the two images together. Either way it was a juxtaposition that I spent a lot of time looking at.

Below are a couple screenshots that I took. Top left image is mine, the full scale image is from Google Street Maps. The last image is a rough idea of where some of my photos came from Instagram.

Link: http://sm.rutgers.edu/thebeat/?q=walkingtoworktoday

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