"If you have a talent to do something, anybody, I don't care what you do for a living. You gotta give it to the world."
So says Bruce Zaccagnino, creator and proprietor of Northlandz, the world's largest model railroad. At 52,000 square feet and 8 miles of track, Northlandz is 42 years in the making. (It's also only 25 miles away from Dave's house, so if we do this right, we've got a unique opportunity for cross-platform content.)
I'm not much for model railroading, or really for anything that requires patience, attention to detail, and persistence. But I am a huge fan of people that find their purpose, the thing that makes them happiest, and pursue that despite what anyone else might think.
Photographer Matt Albanese has an obsession of his own, and a gift for finding telling stories visually. In the short film below (and the companion website), he visits Northlandz and takes a series of stunning photos of Zaccagnino's life's work.
In the film, Zaccagnino hopes that his work, "will be somewhat immortal for a time after I'm gone". We should all be so lucky.
And I assume social scientists of the future will come to G:TB for the wisdom of our time. Or at least PhD-level dipshittery.