Editor’s note: Award-winning Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen has managed to retain a child-like wonderment in the face of his home country’s landscape through his majestically titled series, The Canadian: Ghost Train Crossing Canada.
“Endless pockets of wonder await your discovery in a country big enough to hide mountain ranges.” Friesen says. “Considering Canada is 8,000km (5000 miles) wide, it’s amazing how many people set out to cross the country from sea-to-sea. 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.”
Friesen didn’t choose a traditional mode of transport to depict the journey across Canada. “My own cross-country exploration is done by taking the train, but not in the usual sense…I carry the train rather than it carrying me. It fits into a shopping bag from Mountain Equipment Co-Op.”
Complimented by the epic Canadian backdrop, Friesen and his miniature trains get to the heart of the Canadian terrain.