So I noticed when entering a country in Apple Maps, a pins drops to a precise location within that state and does not move as you zoom into it. I can only assume this is the approximate centre of any particular nation. I started with zooming around the ice shield of Greenland and when I got in close to look at the dropped pin, Apple Maps did it’s artist thing and created a very spike-filled terrian cradling the perky label “Greenland” (and hopefully offering directions by car to this particular spot). So by defacto, Apple is showing us the heart, the core of every region we search for and sometimes it is literal and other times a fictional depiction.
I thought it was kinda neat how each landscape is unique, and most did not have any buildings represented. England does (it’s hiding behind the pin in my screenshot) and Spain has some very curious shapes in the farm field to the right. I honestly don’t know what that is.
The richer nations tended to have farmland depicted in this spot, and with higher resolution – the noticeable exception being Canada, which shows a very low-resolution lake filled splotchy terrain. Many of the poorer states and countries at political odds with western powers have lo-res, undeveloped and muted imagery. A remarkable variance in what looks like an early turn-based fantasy adventure video game level.
My hankering with these screenshots is to eventually monoprint a collage but some sort of acetone transfer on paper.
Screenshots below – including a first crack at a collage but not completely happy with it so far..