I am so drawn to the complimentary lines in views like the above. I find places that offer patterns like these attractive and even calming. I don’t know why, I just do. Perhaps it’s that I see a strong architectural relevance here in the way that all the man-made elements repeat a parallel line that converges almost as if to a common focal point. Further that while everything man put here agrees to this pattern, the natural elements do not. There’s a contradiction that to me feels fundamental and standing here feels powerful. And good.
And the train passes through here so often that it’s easy to practice photographing in this location to test it.
Scrolling through the many photos I’ve taken at or near this particular location I noticed something that distinguishes time trackside from the hobby of model railroading: When I’m trackside I don’t get to choose between things like the best way to interpret the scene as a miniature. I just have to be present and enjoy it. That’s a quality I find attractive in the minimalist approaches to model railways.
I wonder what the minimum number of decisions a modeller could make and still complete a layout is or what they are?
I wonder how that completed work would compare to our current, decision-heavy, approach in terms of the experience for the creator.
Is there really a link between the work and the satisfaction?