Photographers Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman use Twitter as a location scout for their haunting, beautiful images. The two artists scan the social network for tweets with location information embedded but no picture, head to those locations to shoot, then caption each photograph with the tweet’s original text.

If the photographs weren’t so good, the concept might come off as gimmicky. But in the hands of Larson and Shindelman, it is anything but–their images, always free of people, capture the loneliness and dread that underscores much of our online communication.

“There is so much virtual information out there and we thought there was something fascinating about memorializing one piece of it,” Shindelman told Wired. “It gives it a life beyond this little blip and provides a real, physical, human connection.”

“[Geolocation] isn’t just about Twitter, it’s about how people are interacting online,” concurred Larson, adding, “It’s all about exploring the consequences of how people are relating to each other differently.”

(Photos: Larson & Shindelman)