Although the images suggest computer manipulation, collage, montage or nonphotographic processing, Mapping comprises pictures made with an ordinary camera after dark. While the shutter was open, the artist drew characteristic lines with a laser pen by hand on the rocks. The making of each image – the drawing of parallel lines on the mountain face – took about eight minutes. In some of the Mapping pictures, the time-lapse became visible when a slight rotation of the Earth during exposure made a star into a stripe. Drawing lines with a laser is an almost literal interpretation of ‘drawing with light’, a subject found in the writings of the pioneers of photography. One such trailblazer, Englishman William Henry Fox Talbot, called his publication with early photographic experiments The Pencil of Nature. ‘Writing with light’ can be traced to the Greek word for photography. In Mapping, Zuijderwijk makes writing with light an artistic ritual, as witnessed by the final photograph in the series. The concentrated and disciplined drawing of lines over the rock face is tender, like a lover’s caress. The exploratory aspect is underlined by Zuijderwijk’s use of the laser beam on the same rock but from different angles, thus shedding new light on the same surface and helping the viewer to better understand the rock as seen from various vantage points.
Mapping 系列的摄影作品看似经过了电脑处理、拼贴、或蒙太奇，但其实这一系列的作品都是在夜晚使用普通相机拍摄而成的。打开快门后，艺术家用激光笔在岩石上手绘平行的线条，每张照片的完成和绘制动作大约需要八分钟。在其他一些 Mapping 系列的作品中，时间的流逝变得可见——当地球在曝光期间略微旋转时，星星也随之变成了一条条纹。用激光笔画线的动作是对摄影先驱们提出的“用光写作“概念的直接诠释。英国人威廉·亨利·福克斯·塔尔博特是这样一位先驱者，他在早期摄影实验中将其出版物命名为《自然之笔》。 “用光写作“的概念可以追溯到摄影 (photography)的希腊词根。在 Mapping 中，扎德维克将“用光写作“变成了一种艺术仪式，这在此系列的最后一张照片中得到了证实。在岩石表面上集中而有规律地画线的过程是如轻抚般温柔的过程。艺术家在同一块岩石上以不同角度使用激光束，从而为同一表面带来新的光线，帮助观者从不同的视角更好地理解这块岩石的特点。
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