American artist Adam Normandins paints with such a vivid degree of realism that one may be forgiven if they mistake his paintings for photographs. In his most recent series, the artist focuses on a muse considered by many to be ugly and utilitarian: freight-trains.
Being the artist that he is, Normandins finds a compelling yet elusive poetry to freight-train box-cars. He explains that they are built with a "no nonsense" attitude towards their purpose. Box-cars are designed exclusively to carry cargo and as such are devoid of any deliberate aesthetic considerations. Still, these they are exposed to time and the elements while traveling ceaselessly across a continent, gaining dust, dirt and damage. Some have even been marked by graffiti. In a way, the box-cars develop a certain personality. It is this personality that Normandins seeks to portray in his paintings.