JAN PIOTROWICZ CAPTURES PLACES

In 2007, Professor Danny Dorling from University of Sheffield made an attempt to measure and map English national stereotype: the myth of the North and South differences. Can something so vague can be presented as a specific geographical feature on a map? A line was created, spreading from North-East regions of Lincolnshire down to the South-Western county of Gloucestershire. The line seems to be not only an artificial border between the two distinctive areas; it also runs diagonally across the whole Midlands and beyond. The project is about materializing that line. 25 towns and villages were picked with the strict rule: the border needs to fall directly on them. By playing a reversed connect-the-dots game, the journey plan was established. Each single picture is an attempt to seek identity: North, South or maybe Mid? The line acted as the guide in search of the default, generic England, free of the stereotypes and divisions.