|A Blank Map vs. A Blank Page
There are crucial differences between a blank map and a blank page. Unlike a blank page, a blank map:
- is designed by a cartographer
- is a frame
- represents a space or "territory"
- has orientation
- is readable
- has accuracy
- suggests scale (though may sacrifice exactitude in favor of visual utility)
- is informative (unavailability of data does not equal nonexistence of data)
- is something unexpected
There is nothing so perfect as a blank map. A blank map represents:
- all that can still be discovered
- infinite creative possibilities
- a clean slate
- a future of one's own making
- the difference between emptiness and nothingness
- freedom from error
- freedom from distortion
- freedom from bias
- an unformed universe waiting to be shaped
Below are pages from the Carte Blanche Atlas of Uncharted Territories
. The softcover edition
is currently available from Lulu.com for $12.
"Before making judgments which will affect the environment and other people, it is vital to reconstruct a map's 'missing essence.' The best way to do so is through imaginative map use."
—Phillip Muehrcke & Juliana O. Muehrcke, Map Use
Pictured is a "map's essence," photographed by Dorian Cavé. See full image here
"Why didn't you tell me in the map room there was a map missing?"
—Gwyn Cready, Aching for Always
(This delightful snippet is scanned from Book Sales of 1895.)
The first page of the maps section in Polybius' Histories
was intentionally left blank. (We approve
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