They may look like a bunch of kid-scribbles, but the Geotaggers' World Atlas is actually a pretty complex construction. The sketchy guides—created by Mapbox and seen on CityLab—chart the location tags from photos uploaded to Flickr over the last 10 years. The lines drawn represent the path of a photographer, connecting each photo he or she took to their next one. (No, it doesn't show Instagrammed spots, but there's already a map for that.) Areas where there are tons of lines converging signify frequent photographs. Where are people taking pictures in Los Angeles?
"A cluster of geotagged photos is a good indicator of the interestingness of a place because it signifies that people went there in the first place, saw something worth taking a picture of, and put the extra effort into posting it online for others to appreciate," writes one of the creators of the atlas in a blog post. A series of photos along a route is even more telling, he says, because it means that something grabbed the photographer's attention and held it over a period of time. So the crisscrossing lines of Downtown, for example, show that people were finding photogenic sights on multiple blocks in DTLA; the steady stream of snapshots down Hollywood Boulevard from Vine to Highland indicates a succession of photo-worthy scenes (that's got to be tourists). We've picked out a few of the most commonly photographed spots on the map: