Maps By Nip Rogers
This map is divided into three; the left hand side is of the South of Mahé, highlighting my favorite part of the South, which is Anse Royal – where you’d to snorkel and free dive and surf and watch turtles hatch, see a lot of stars and eat good pizza from Kaz Kreole, the middle part of the map is Victoria, which is the hub of Seychelles – where you’d go if you needed fresh produce and seafood from Selwyn Selwyn market, bus terminal, shopping centers, and the right hand side of the map is of Beau Vallon, which is one of the main social grounds of Mahé – where you’d go to hang out, scuba dive with Blue Sea Divers, meet interesting people and make new friends.
Two years ago from today, in February 2013, it was time for a new adventure. I landed in a part of the world that I didn’t even know existed up until I was making plans to fly there and make it my home for a while. I found myself in the Seychelles islands, Mahé city, and settling into my new home in Anse Royal. I had never seen anything like it before; the ocean was everywhere, crystal clear waters, laid back and friendly people selling their fresh catch of the day on the street side stands. What a great place to start out. Many ‘firsts’ followed: first time snorkeling, first time seeing a full moon by the ocean surrounded by palm trees and coconuts, first time laying on the perfect sand to watch stars with the love of my life.
After a month and a half of getting to know the south side of the island, it was time for us to find a more permanent place to lay our heads. We landed in Glacis, just down the road from Beau Vallon on the northwest side of the island. Even though the distance between the two areas is fairly long, it didn’t change the beautiful scenery and positive vibes at all and our home was a stone throw away from the beach. After 2 months there, we finally ended up settling in the mountainous, rainforest area of Sans Souci…where the days are sunny but cool and breezy and the starry nights are just plain amazing. No matter where you end up on this island, there is always beauty to be found close by.
Many years spent back and forth home, things have been moved around in the town I grew up in. People come and go and new things replace the old, but there are a few things that stay the same; the cold, cold weather us people of Lake Placid know too well and all the things one can do in a winter like that; the time when the snow starts to fade away and the sweet smell of maple syrup starts dancing around many parts of the atmosphere; then the warmth of the sunny summer days and its cozy nights; then the leaves start to grow into colors of passion and the lakes are so placid that they mirror everything that stares into them; the neighborhoods and its people; that is what I’d call ‘home’.
I drew this map mostly from memory, starting with where the Ski-jumps are, then revisiting the home I grew up in (still my home to this day), and ending with the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (being an artist, that center means a lot to me).
Though Lake Placid is often remembered for its winters, I carry warm feelings of it. And so this is a summer map - to share with you that warmth I feel when I think of this snowy place – marking some of the many things to look forward to every summer.
Mahe is the most developed and inhibited island in Seychelles' archipelago of 155 islands. Since its a relatively tiny island, with Victoria Town's famous Clock Tower as the starting point, everything can be reached within a 20 to 30 mins drive. The colorful market where fresh produce is sold (lots of young coconut water), the government buildings, culture centers, the docks, and the crystal beaches are all within reach which gives the very-windy-roads of Mahe an awesome view for a cruise under the sun. This map is hi-res photo of a small part of a 19" x 39" illustrative painting to remind me of my sunny days in Seychelles.
This map was commissioned by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise Newspaper to showcase local businesses in the surrounding area. That the reason for business buildings being recognizable along with their actual logos. The map is more detailed and far larger than this submitted one, it covers two more townships. I've cropped them out to fit the dimensions of this layout. The starting point of the map is the little green sign board that says Vermontville. Vermontville is the seat of government of the town of Franklin. It is located near the south town line on New York State Route 3.
Thank you for the opportunity to showcase my work. This is such a great project to be a part of.