In his series By Rail, artist Scott Conarroe evokes a sense of adventure and beauty inspired by the sight of train tracks. In this project, started in 2005, Conarroe drove to points all over North America to photograph what remains of a system that once connected cities, people, and their lives. Made mostly at dawn, the images in By Rail offer a graceful nostalgia for a mythical pioneer past that long ago gave way to the lure of the automobile.
Conarroe’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at Art Gallery of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario; Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Ontario; and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Ontario. Conarroe was a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in 2008. A book based on By Rail will be published in 2011.