So today I got to take a walk on my lunch break between my internship and work. For those of you who are just tuning in and wondering why it looks like a residential area…well it is! Although I have no idea where my future will take me, I’ve had the privilege of working out of my house for the past 2 years now and it’s one of the most rewarding, yet occasionally draining, things that I have done in my career.
Since we have been discussing location-based narratives in detail, I want to make sure I can explain this as thoroughly as possible. The concept is as easy as layering content on-top of physical locations in order to change the story in one way or another. However, what I really want to explain is how my perception of everyday things as simple as my street and my house can be so drastically interpreted based on the audience.
To me, as I have lived in Johnstown my entire life, this photo speaks volumes. It’s more than just a “nice view”. There is a lot for someone like me to gather in this photo such as general observations like the similar shrubbery and housing architecture found throughout the city. However, there are minute details that only I could pick up on, such as my neighbor’s lawn that is treated by Beauty Lawn every week or the part of the tree branch that was cut out and left in the power lines in the distance. This location is not only memorized like the back of my hand, but it has a personal history that no one else would be able to share with it. This is where I believe the true beauty of location-based narratives lies.