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Where Chicago residents and tourists take photos

Where Chicago residents and tourists take photos

Five years ago, a photographer named Eric Fischer embarked on a project called "Locals and Tourists" that had him mapping the photo habits of Chicago residents and tourists. 

The results are above. While not necessarily mind-blowing, but they do look nice.

The red dots in the map above represent photos shot by tourists, blue dots are those taken by Chicago natives. Yellow dots represent photos taken by people who's status as tourists couldn't be determined.

As expected, the Loop is consumed by a fair amount of tourists. Navy Pier is entirely swarmed. Even so, the most noticeable color on this map is blue. Many cities in the Locals and Tourists project didn't come anywhere near as close to Chicago in terms of spread. Houston, the nation's next-largest city, is a comparative dead zone (see below).

Perhaps the best takeaway is that people really love spending time in Chicago. 

Here's what Chicago looks like as a picture-taking whole—tourist or not.

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

Here are some of the photo maps from other U.S. cities:

 

New York City

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

San Francisco

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

Los Angeles

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

Houston

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

Detroit

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

Las Vegas

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

London

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

Venice

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

Rome

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

Mexico City

Photograph: Eric Fischer / Flickr

 

 

 

To explore photo trends in cities across the world, visit MapBox's worldwide interactive map.

 

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