On Cartography

I really like this quote broadcasted to me via Twitter this morning:

Cartography can be an incredible form of escapism, as maps act as proxies for experiences, real or fabricated. Whatever their purpose or subject matter, even the most rudimentary of maps have an inherent beauty, an attraction in their way of ordering things.
Antonis Antoniou – from brain pickings

Antoniou is likely referring to the imaginative process of illustration and expressing the culture and experiences of different locations on a map, but I took it in a different direction:

I will always fancy the distant. Perhaps the most challenging is cultivating an appreciation for what’s near.