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Flickr as a Paintbrush [cartogrammar.com] reveals the recorded colors of our surrounding landscape, both in a physical and cultural sense. In short, Andy Woodruff created a set of geographic heatmaps that represent the average colors of images taken on locations surrounding a specific landmark. In other words, the resulting maps reveal the colors that people on the ground should be looking at.

Technically, these maps are based on the most recent 2,000 photos uploaded to Flickr that were geotagged within a specified bounding box. These were then averaged by hue. As an emergent result, the color red reveals the dominance of brick, while green/yellow colors naturally denote grass and trees. However, some unexpected patterns appear as well, such as blue/purple in the map of Boston.

See also Color Project, Tagged Colors, Sorting Image Pixels, Mapping the World Photos and World's Eyes. Via Flowing Data.




"...the color red reveals the dominance of brick..."

Hm, if it's the most recent 2000 photos, isn't there a chance that the predominance of red is due to the changing color of leaves this time of year? I guess it would depend on how photos of a given area go up on Flickr, and how quickly. It would be interesting to create a map for the same region once a month and see how (if) it changes over time.

Thu 29 Oct 2009 at 4:52 AM

An animated map over time is a great idea for some locations! I imagine downtown city locations might get white now and then in the winter, but the changing colour of the trees would be an interesting influence.

Fri 30 Oct 2009 at 1:39 AM

I think the blue could be sky?
Indicating that there's a point of interest that's high, camera towards sky, like a skyscraper.

Fri 30 Oct 2009 at 2:48 AM
Namdnal Siroj
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