Tourists vs Locals - Photography Hotspots in Cities

We love a good map. Whether its flicking through a city AtoZ, drooling over an historic map of Barcelona in a cafe toilet, or you-tubing a moving map of global flight paths.. we have a tendency toward map geek-dom. But our serotonin levels really spiked when we spotted this series of map porn images showing the most photographed areas of some of our favourite cities. Even more interesting to us (as map lovers, photography lovers and urban explorers), is the comparison between locations locals like to photograph versus tourists. 

Barcelona Photographed by locals (red) and tourists (blue)

Barcelona Photographed by locals (red) and tourists (blue)

Its not hard to spot the where the city's most popular tourist destinations are. Massive huge red hotspots hightlight the Sagrada Familia and La Rambla. Wheras some of Barcelona's more interesting but equally photogenic locations show up in Blue. Below you can see huge swathes of blue to the east of London, highlighting how cool East London, Shoreditch and the Olympic park are in terms of offering photogenic content. 

London photographed by tourists (red) and locals (blue)

London photographed by tourists (red) and locals (blue)

As well as standing back and just enjoying the visual delights these maps have to offer from afar, we're going to be studying these maps over the coming weeks and seeing if they can give us any insights into great new, off the beaten track locations to take our clients too. 

The maps were created by Eric Fischer and he's created a bunch more representing some of our other favourite cities (New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and many more) and highlighting,  (although Foto Ruta's clients don't need telling) how important it is to explore off the beaten path. 

Here is the map gallery if you want to check out the rest

new york photography map