About the Book
This book is the beginning of what I hope will be a lifelong project of documenting the American landscape from the train. Traveling by rail offers the unique opportunity of experiencing the cross section of an expansive landscape, allowing one to witness a rapid succession of varied ecological regions and built environments. This particular pamphlet presents a deadpan survey of the Northeast rail corridor from Boston to Baltimore, showcasing the way in which the rail seamlessly weaves through urban and rural fabrics. Unlike the highway experience, the railway cuts into the heart of the city, often creating tense programmatic adjacencies and compatible overlays of infrastructures. Simultaneously, the railway also presents passengers with the privileged experience of unobstructed views of quiet marshes and beaches that open to the Atlantic Ocean. This book seeks to celebrate the polarity of these instances and the moments in between by recreating the contemplative act of looking out the window and speculating on the various ways of living in the world and how they are tethered to the landscape.