A geolocation photo essay.
We all have a place that stirs emotion in us—perhaps it’s the corner where a relationship began or ended, or the shaded spot once occupied by our childhood home. This photo essay by Baltimore artist Nate Larson and Georgia-based Marni Shindelman allows us to eavesdrop, in a way, on these spaces in strangers’ lives. After scouring thousands of tweets to find messages they found intriguing or poignant, they used GPS information embedded in the dispatches to plot the tweeter’s location at the moment of posting. They traveled across the country to illustrate these tweets, but the photos we share here—showcasing broad vistas, intimate nooks, and haunting landscapes—are all from Maryland. Paired together, the photos and tweets—at the artists’ request, preserved with all their grammatical glitches—allow us to experience the unknown authors’ moments of quiet contemplation that are highly intimate, yet universal. In this age of technology that often feels impersonal and removed from reality, Larson and Shindelman’s work is a beautiful reminder of how connected we really are.