At first glance, these images of a train crossing Canada, while beautiful, may not strike you as uniquely awesome. But rest assured, these are not your typical travel photos. The Ghost Train Crossing Canada series, by the very talented, award-winning photographer, Jeff Friesen, feature a country-crossing train that's just two-inches tall! Keep reading to see more of these wonderful photographs and to learn more about Friesen's process.
An Unexpected Bug’s Eye Journey Through Canada
While many set out to explore the vastness that is Canada, seldom do you see a journey as unique as Friesen’s. His journey involved him carrying a train, rather than the train carrying him. Using a miniature version of the vintage 1955 streamliner named The Canadian, small enough, as Friesen says, to fit, “into a shopping bag from Mountain Equipment Co-op,” this photographer captures Canada in a fresh and unexpected way.
The Canadian in real life was considered an “ultra-modern, lightweight, highly attractive stainless-steel streamlined train,” first inspired by an American train, the California Zephyr, and has an elegant history. The miniature version of this fancy train fits nothing larger than a tiny ant and rolls on tiny steel rails that are about two centimeters apart. Small though it may be, as Friesen points out, “traveling with the miniature Canadian gives a fresh view of the country.”
Canada is a full 5000 miles wide, and while well-traveled, likely can feel overwhelming to travelers. Yet, when you read Friesen’s words, and see his beautiful images, it’s easy to see why so many attempt the journey:
“With so much ground to pass beneath you this is one pilgrimage where the journey truly is the destination. Whether by car or bicycle, train or canoe, travelers form their own river running across the landscape. Like a river these travelers are forever shaped by the country they pass through.”
According to Friesen, setting up the mini train in all its various shots, required spending a lot of time at ground level. Friesen’s purpose was to allow the viewer to, “gain a new perspective by being close to the land.” As we grow from children to adults, we tend to halt our over exploration endeavors at ground level. However, as Friesen notes, “it is here you find the exquisite details that make up Canada’s foundation. As anyone who has watched a child play outdoors knows, there’s a new world to explore in the landscape at your feet.”
Over Land and Sea and Everywhere In-between
Friesen’s series captures countless beautiful Canadian landscape high points, including the Outaouais region of Quebec, Southern Ontario, shimmering cornfields, Algonquin Provincial Park, and so much more.
Purchasing Ghost Train Crossing Prints
No matter if your fancy is miniature trains, nature’s beauty or Canada, these prints aim to please and would look amazing framed in a child’s room or your living space. Fine art photography prints from Ghost Train Crossing Canada are available for purchase at Jeff Friesen’s website. Oh, and did we mention that at $25-$150 a pop, this is beautiful fine art you can afford! See more of the amazing Ghost Train series here.