For this build, I’m deliberately avoiding the typical track plan based approach because it doesn’t speak to the qualities I want to explore now. Concepts such as Open/Closed and Light/Dark are a way of understanding a particular subject and provide guidance for emphasizing the intangible aspects of how a physical space is shaped and experienced.
Open: The Junction turnout on the original Indiana & Whitewater. This is the wide sweep of a railroad stretching over long distances that we encounter in the real world and attempt to replicate in modeling.
In an open space, our sightlines are uninterrupted, often stretching to the horizon. The apparent depth seen in this photo comes from an eye level viewpoint and the optics of a wide angle camera lens, rather than an actual volume of physical space. That aside, it also comes from the use of a single track that allows for ample breathing room across the modeled landscape. The spaces in between are as important as the objects.
Closed: In a closed space sightlines are restricted or blocked entirely. You feel bound, hemmed in, perhaps claustrophobic. This under construction view from the 13th and North E Street cameo shows how effectively space can be manipulated within a small footprint. As in the concept of Open Space, there is a layering of objects here but it is more compressed because of the number and size of objects that are condensed into a given space.
Light and Dark: The shaft of LED sunlight focuses your eye on this window from the 13th and North E Street cameo. The contrast of light and shadow suggests a mood and time of day in addition to outlining the texture and character of the building. The dense background shadow hints at other unseen features in the area while eliminating any visual distraction from the window itself.
An Integrated Composition: A boxcar still life from the Mill Road cameo speaks because the freight cars relate in proportion and color to the landscape they occupy. Using similar tones and colors across the scene brings the different elements together into a cohesive composition instead of a collection of disjointed objects imposed on each other.