We have seen a lot of this image being shared around Facebook. Having been sent the link to the website by multiple people we felt it was only right to share with you a little about the man behind the maps.
We asked Phil to tell us a bit about what made him start making maps of this sort, he said:
“Strange as it may seem the Brighton map started life on the tiny tropical island of Tobago in the southern Caribbean Sea. In 2001 I took a holiday there, really liked it and went back a few months later and bought a house, spending as much time there as I could over the next 7 years.
While I was there I met a local publisher who put out ‘What’s On In Tobago’ magazine each quarter. He asked me to produce a map of the island for the centre spread of his magazine, which I did for a couple of bottles of Trinidad rum. We later decided to produce a much more detailed, poster size, version as a tourist souvenir which was very successful. From this I had the idea of doing a similar map/view of Brighton, where I lived when not in Tobago.”
We wanted to know how it was even possible for one man to get that amount of detail into a map of brighton without a crane or small helicopter that hovered over each building so you had time to draw it. This man is seriously talented.
“Looking around the galleries and souvenir shops in Brighton I could see there was nothing like it. The Brighton map took about a year to make. I started by sketching a plan of the main streets which, although distorted I wanted to be reasonably accurate so it could be used (at a push) to get around the town. The sketch was scanned into my computer and used as a template. The roads were put in first and when that stage was satisfactory I started putting in the building, architectural features, parks etc. Working in sections I started with the Royal Pavilion, Dome area and gradually worked around that and gradually the map grew. A lot of time was spent walking the streets of Brighton and Hove with a camera photographing the relevant buildings, sights and places of interest. Brighton is extremely diverse architecturally, from the bizarre splendour of the Royal Pavilion, the ornate Victoriana of the Palace Pier, Brighton College and Mary’s Hall on Eastern Road and Art Deco Embassy Courts on the borders of Hove. Even run down areas such as London Road has some fine architectural features if you look above the shop fronts. Of course there are a number of eyesores but, luckily I could edit them out.”
So whats next for Phil and his maps?
“At the moment I’m selling the maps as high quality signed prints in a number of galleries in Brighton but I would like to get it more widely distributed and maybe taken on by the Brighton and Hove council.
I’ve also done similar map/views of London, for a jigsaw company; Italy, for a CD of Italian music; the Tobago poster and a Tropical Dangers ad for a Dutch travel insurance company.
The Brighton map has recently won a place in the American Creative Quarterly magazine fall 2012 issue.”
Emilie & Jen