A love of toy trains isn’t necessarily the kind of childhood pleasure many of us outgrow, and photographer Jeff Friesen is definitely one of those special people whose imagination is still sparked by the romance of the rails.
According to the story on My Modern Met, Friesen explained that,
“I started The Canadian project to show the country from an unseen vantage point,” he tells us. “While it is tempting to document such a huge country from a helicopter or plane (in fact, it has been done several times) I wanted to get closer to the heart of the land. Two inches off the ground seemed about right. The model train provides a vehicle for the journey’s visual narrative, linking far places with a ribbon of tiny steel rails. The train has its own resonance, a ghost from the past, it is an exact scaled-down replica of the 1955 Streamliner that was first named ‘The Canadian,’ which traveled the route between Montreal and Vancouver.
“It often takes a change of perception to see familiar things in a new way. I hope those who see The Canadian enjoy an old journey from a new viewpoint.”
Though enormous vistas are always impressive, to see them from the vantage point of a toy train lends that magical quality that only childhood memories and imagination can truly capture.
Full story at My Modern Met.
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