Item description for Local Treasures: Geocaching across America (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places) by Margot Anne Kelley...
In 2000, a man in Oregon hid a box of toys in the woods, posted the geographic coordinates on a Web site, and issued a challenge for others to find it. People used their GPS receivers to find his treasure, and a new game was born: geocaching. Today more than a million people worldwide participate in geocaching, hiding stashes of trinkets in challenging and unusual locations - and then inviting others to find them, leave a note, and swap a treasure of their own. Kelley is the first person to travel throughout the United States to chronicle the many sites and stories of geocaching adventures - from Maine to Hawaii, from the Alamo to the Mason and Dixon Line. The photographs expose a vision of America quite unlike that presented in a traditional guidebook, for geocache sites are often public places with special meanings for the players alone. Accompanying the photographs are Kelley's writings about each cache site; and, in her concluding essay about the world of geocaching communities, she illuminates not only their rare ability to integrate new technologies with the natural world, but also their complex and often ambivalent relationships to the surveillance technologies that sustain the game. Each striking, full-color photograph exposes a vision of America quite unlike that presented in a traditional guidebook: truly off the beaten path, these are non-idealized landscapes, often places with special meaning for the players alone. Kelley's accompanying writings explore the world of geocaching communities, their rare ability to integrate new technologies with the natural world, and their complex and often ambivalent relationships to the surveillance technologies that sustain the game. In this era when people are increasingly disconnected from the land that surrounds them, geocaching offers an unusual and technologically savvy vision for the future. Kelley's text is a fascinating examination of a new and creative diversion emerging from the intersection of the virtual world with the real.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8.25" Height: 10" Weight: 2.38 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2006
Publisher Center for American Places
ISBN 1930066368 ISBN13 9781930066366
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More About Margot Anne Kelley
Margot Anne Kelley is a photographer and writer who teaches at Bentley College. She edited "Gloria Naylor's Early Novels, and her writings have appeared in "Antipodas, "African American Review, "Modern Drama, and many anthologies including E"thnicity and the American Short Story and "American Women Short Story Writers.
Reviews - What do customers think about Local Treasures: Geocaching across America (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places)?
From Cache to Coffee Table Jan 9, 2007
Margot Anne Kelley reminds us of exactly why we started playing this game in the first place! It's not about the treasures you find in the boxes, it's about the treasures in the world around us. The pictures are beautiful and the stories really draw you to the locations. As an added bonus there's that great sense of camaraderie that we get through the shared experience of geocaching.
This is a great book for cachers (especially those dealing with cabin fever) and also a great way to introduce your non-geocaching friends to exactly what we see in this game.
mapping the intersections Jun 21, 2006
This book is an exploration of a new-millennium game; which is to say, it's an exploration of new-millennium humans. And Margot Kelley explores her territory with grace and precision. The book fascinates whether or not the reader is a geocacher because Ms. Kelley so skillfully expresses her own fascination -- not only with geocaching but with the rapidly-changing world that engendered it. With arresting images and insightful stories, Ms. Kelley inspires and includes her readers in the gentle art of Paying Attention. The attention here is on intersections and the trajectories that create them -- the meeting place of latitude and longitude, image and experience, nature and technology, time and place, politics and play, the mundane and the mystical.
Must-Have for Every Geocacher--and Everyone Else Jun 20, 2006
Deft mini-essays, a few hundred words each, face off with arresting full-page photographs of the locations that inspired them. Up in one corner, the mathematical analog, exact longitude and latitude of the place you are looking at, for that was how it was discovered, via a game played with hand-held global positioning satellite (GPS)units and the internet, a game called geocaching. Margot Kelley's essays are at once intimate and cosmic, playful and poignant. Highly personal, even confessional, they are interwoven with public policy comments, next-wave scientific facts, and speculative cultural theory. Each photograph is stunning composition in its own right that also speaks its side of a complex dialogue with text. If you are a geocacher, you will feel vindicated and fulfilled. If you are curious about geocaching, you will be educated and intrigued. If you know anyone who is into geocaching, you have found THE perfect gift. But, in truth, this would be a great book without a single reference to the game. This is place-writing at its wisest, each segment adroitly paired with a visual feast, so that the effect of the whole transcends the sum of the parts. LOCAL TREASURES speaks more truth about Americans and our relationship to our environment than any book since Walden Pond.
The Essence of Geocaching Jun 19, 2006
As a long-time "geocacher", I have experienced many adventures in geocaching, both alone and with family and friends, all the while having fun without wondering why the sport is so appealing. This book answers that question by capturing the spirit of geocaching in a quiet, meaningful voice. The photographs are exquisite, finely textured and rich in detail. The accompanying text is multi-layered, giving a glimpse of the physical geocache while providing background into circumstances that led the author to that location. This makes for a warm, tender, deeply personal story that touches the heart.
Gorgeous book of American Photos, and more... May 23, 2006
This book would be well worth owning just as a gorgeous collection of American photos: Kelley's photographs capture the spirit of many places that most shots couldn't convey, often thanks to unusual perspectives and compositions. But Local Treasures also tells some interesting stories about the methods of geocaching--and how people use it as a both a hobby and a way to orient themselves to the places they occupy in the world. The photos and stories in this book really manage to invoke a sense of the diversity of places and people across the US, and to give the reader a brief sense of alignment with those places. Overall, a beautiful array of photos stitched together with a great storytelling voice give a relaxing and worthwhile read.