First fell under New Orleans spell when I visited approximately 13 years or so ago. Here’s a map I created for Sunday Times Travel a couple of years ago. THIS LTD EDITION GICLEE PRINT FOR SALE - One week only, until 7th March. Click on image to go to shop.
Why do maps always show the north as up? … The profound arbitrariness of our current cartographic conventions was made evident by McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World, an iconic “upside down” view of the world that recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Launched by Australian Stuart McArthur on Jan. 26, 1979 (Australia Day, naturally), this map is supposed to challenge our casual acceptance of European perspectives as global norms. But seen today with the title “Australia: No Longer Down Under,” it’s hard not to wonder why the upside-down map, for all its subversiveness, wasn’t called “Botswana: Back Where It Belongs” or perhaps “Paraguay Paramount!”