As part of the Geography Collective’s outreach about place and the importance of geography, they have created URBAN EARTH as a means to document and visualize some of the word’s biggest urban areas. The project is a video documentary of an urban transect, with photos taken every eight steps across each city. To date the three cities profiled are Mexico City, London and Mumbai.
The fast-paced tours provide a means to quickly assimilate these urban landscapes, with the goal of finding and representing the normality of cities without highlighting tourist destinations or extremes in poverty or opulence. A methodology was implemented where the length of the walk corresponds to the size of the city, and where the percentage of poor places corresponds to the area depicted on screen. The underlying message is that geography matters, and that this unbiased view can provide a good sense of these places.
Here’s the video for Mumbai: