If you click here you will be taken to a gallery of close to one hundred photographs of streets in a very wide variety of cities and contexts from various parts of the world. The small map just to your right gives you a first feel for worldwide the coverage thus far, and click it you will see the map full size. Here’s our problem, the answer to which may interest some of you who have more visual propensities. While we are still very interested to receive photos from all over the world in this special social space format, but as the map shows we are far too light on instructive images from Africa, Latin America, and the Soviet Union.
If you have some ideas or images for us, please get in touch with the firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime here is a bit of background on what we means by this expression social space format.
The Social Space Format
The power of images. We need a lot more than walls of words, thick reports and endless expert conferences to turn the world toward sustainability. So to help our cause we invite our readers to jump in and share with us striking “social space” graphics which illustrate the world’s streets and all that takes place thereon in many places and in many ways. And lo and behold, from time to time some very nice stuff pops up on the screen in our challenging 940 x 198 pixels format .
Working with a Social Space format
There is more than a bit of the “medium is the message” of Marshall McLuhan in this somewhat unusual elongated rectangular format with, as with poetry, its strict dimension of 940 by 198 pixels. It is, we would say, a basically “social space format”. In our mind’s eye most of us tend to envisage, to think of many things out there in front of our noses in terms of squares or near squares, which naturally enough is how most of us end up taking our pictures.
But this elongated frame takes us beyond a single individual subject and the eye travels quite further than usual and in the process brings us to think, yes, of more social spaces. Have a look at some of the following examples and see for yourself if this makes any sense at all.