The Didcot Interpretation
26” x 20” (66 x 51cm) / Acrylic on gessoed panel /£3750
I often wonder why I’m drawn to railways. One explanation is they were the playgrounds of my youth, places of freedom, adventure, larking about. Am I still larking about? Probably. Maybe my interest stems from the fact that, if you wait long enough near a railway a train will probably come along. That got me thinking about probability. I remember once trying to read a book on the subject. It explained the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics. I was about a page and a half in when it struck me the topic was perhaps not for the Master of 27 Gorwell, Watlington, Oxon. I wish I’d stuck with it. The book had a noble cast of scientists: Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin ‘Magic Cat’ Schrödinger. The book came back to me when I titled this picture, which is based on a scene at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. Hence the pretentious title, ‘The Didcot Interpretation’. At Didcot there's no probabiiity. If you hang around long enough, trains do come along.
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