Reinhard produced the maps to better grasp the geography of a region itself and to tell a story about what powers they created. He tended to select regions with a personal connection or those that aroused his curiosity. "I'm from Indiana, which always felt so flat and boring," he said Colossal, "When I started creating the elevation data for the state, the country's history cropped up, and the glaciers that retreated through the northern half of the state after the last ice age scratched and shaped the country in spectacular fashion."
Many students strive to decode geology and geography maps. For Reinhard, the project was a way to better understand the forces that shaped American landscapes. "As a visual person, I was most fascinated by the ability to visually use data and create images that helped me get insights into locations," he said. "I felt empowered to be able to collect and process the vast amounts of freely available information and create beautiful images."
The US Geological Survey created maps from the 19th century, not only to support industry, but also as a tool for tourists and students. Therefore, she tried to make them as accessible as possible by using colors and other touches.
Reinhard has developed this idea into his logical next step by integrating real 3D, through which mountains and other objects cast shadows, increasing realism and making them more appealing. Particularly fascinating is his 3D map of the Yellowstone Park, which is based on a preliminary geological survey of 1878 (top left). On its website you can buy high-quality prints of its chromogenic prints with traditional color photography development.