Sectional Travelogue (Catalog of Trackside Profiles as Determined by Light and Shadow, Reconstructed as Individual Sections)
A weekly train trip at the same early morning hour aligned with the rising sun...
...creating an hour-long trip where a sliver of sunshine passing through the train cars was cast against the trackside topography.
By overlaying a perspective grid onto the video, I can measure the profile of the trackside topography.
Creating a "straightening" algorithm yields a series of trackside sections for the entire trip. These sections are transferred to glass slides and sandwiched together to create an indexed three-dimensional reconstruction of the trackside sections. This entire piece becomes a detailed sectional travelogue of a particular stretch of trackside topography.
Installation view as part of Parallel Projections, installed at the University of Michigan Architecture Gallery, 2008.