Janne Robberstad

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a matter of perspective

By spotogspindel | April 21, 2016

We´ve been lied to. In School. For generations. We are all sure we know what the world looks like. We´ve seen it so many times. And then it turns out… it´s a lie. The proportions are completely contorted. THIS is much closer to the truth.


Why is it so? That we´re introduced the the other version? Is it because we feel that Europe and the US are more important than say, Africa or South America? Of course, the real truth, you´d need a globe to see, not a 2-dimentional square. But the point is, like with so many other things in life… it´s a matter of perspective. So here is my version:


My main thought with this picture though, isn´t the map per say. It is a nice symbol of how all our “truths” every once in a while should be turned upside down, to see if they still are real when we turn them back around again. Maybe, just maybe, we might discover some new truths.

I feel like I am in a process similar to this now, with my Master-studies in sustainability. The more I read, the more intriguing it is. I thought it might be depressing, with all the pollution. But it is even more uplifting to read about all the people making efforts, in all areas of life. I am sure I will be sharing more thoughts about this the next couple of years 🙂


Topics: Diverse, embroidery, textile | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “a matter of perspective”

  1. gail Says:
    April 21st, 2016 at 14:44

    Isn’t it fascinating, and a testament to how important we can make ourselves if no one is paying attention. The countries of the map-makers always on top and bigger than life. I wonder whether they really did it on purpose, though, or whether that is how the world looked through their personal ‘lens’ – ?

  2. gail Says:
    April 23rd, 2016 at 04:38

    We were at a talk tonight where we saw a photo of the back side of the ‘real’ globe — except for a fringe or so of land, it is entirely blue, the 70% of the globe that is covered by ocean. Incredible, and horrifying to me that we have left our mark in every part of it with plastic and chemical waste. A lot to think about.