Claudius Ptolemy compiled the geographical knowledge of the Roman Empire of the 2nd Century in the Cosmographia (also known as Geographia), an atlas and treatise summarizing all cartographic knowledge of the known world. Cosmographia influenced Arabic and Renaissance geographical knowledge and understanding of the world, inspiring for a thousand years similarly-titled works that endeavored to represent the world or universe.
In my own Cosmographia, I use photographs of the Earth’s landscape as the raw materials to create and document my own imaginary worlds.
You may view the portfolio here.
Come, my friends
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.- Tennyson, Ulysses