Reinhard produced the maps to better capture the geography of a region, while telling a story about the forces that created it. He tended to select regions with a personal connection or those that aroused his curiosity. "I come from Indiana, which always felt so flat and boring," he said Colossal . "When I started to compile the elevation data for the state, the country's history cropped up and the glaciers that retreated through the northern half of the state after the last ice age scratched and shaped the land in spectacular fashion."
Many Students strive to decode geology and geography maps. For Reinhard, the project was a way to better understand the forces that shaped American landscapes. "As a visual person, I was most fascinated by the ability to visually use data and create images that helped me get insights into locations," he said. "I felt empowered to collect and process the vast amounts of freely available information and create beautiful images."
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Reinhard has taken this idea to his logical next step by incorporating real 3D, through which mountains and other objects cast shadows and can contribute to realism and make them more appealing. Particularly fascinating is his 3D map of the Yellowstone Park, which is based on a preliminary geological survey of 1878 (top left). On his website, you can buy high-quality prints of his chromogenic prints that use traditional color photography.