A Transsiberian Tale
Train of Thought
Walking on the train, passing from one compartment to another, I contemplate how the other passengers get lost in their thoughts looking out at the panorama of swampy plains, pine and birch. All induced in a reverie that is one of the pleasures of train travel, we look outside yet most the time with our attention inward… Until a cabin’s mate pops up or a village – like the the ones painted by Levitan – breaks the monotony of the landscape leaving you wonder how life is in this middle of nowhere.
As we crossed Siberia – referred to by Ian Frazier as a territory so vast that “it’s more an idea than a place”- I asked the other passengers to share their feelings about the journey. In this serie, I assemble these wagons of thoughts together and invite you to come on board, walk along the train corridor and get a glimpse of what they see and feel.