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Struan Gray

 

 

These photographs were taken while commuting by rail from my home in Lund up to Halmstad, ninety minutes northwards along the coast. Sweden's railways are known for a coherence and elegance of design in everything from ticket offices and train interiors to platform signage and timetables. The information architecture, and the physical buildings, are intensely well thought through. The coherence, however, is disrupted by the necessarily inelegant practicalities of real life. Warning signs have to use bright colours, adding a standout contrast to the carefully ordered colour schemes. Weeds, dirt, graffiti, and the weather, all conspire to muddy the integrity and clarity of the clean surfaces and harmonious lines. Multiple platforms, viewed according to the rules of single-point perspective, provide a curiously disorientating layering of repeated forms. It also seems to be true that wherever you wish to go, and in whichever direction you wish to look, there will always be something in the way. Balance and harmony can still be found, but in an odd, syncopated form that avoids exact symmetries and rejoices in hiearchies of clutter and an over-abundance of telling detail.

This way

 

 

 

Bifrost

 

 

 

Bins

 

 

 

Walkway

 

 

 

Steps

 

 

 

Platforms

 

 

 

Clarity

 

 

 

Arrival

 

 

 

Calvary

 

 

 

Bus

 

 

 

Walkway II

 

 

 

Return

 

 

 

 

 

 


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