A quiet day at the rail station

I have a soft spot for the railway.

 

Maybe it's the cruical role it played in creating a united Canada out of a disparate collection of territories, the sense of history, the tangible links to a past era.

Maybe it's the sheer industrial power of it- machinery built to last a lifetime, getting underway with a diesel rumble that you feel in your bones, the brutal honesty of purely functional design with few concessions to aesthetics.

Or maybe it's just the pleasure of hopping between cities with one's dignity and one's schedule intact, with space to stretch out and relax, occasionally catching a glimpse of the traffic jam on the 401 as you fly past it at a buck-thirty-five.

The railway can have an industrial harshness to it....

or, in other parts, a clean, modern, yet sadly soulless aesthetic.

The sheer power of the machinery, though, is undeniable.

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Great shots

Hi Matt,

I really like this turn your are taking into B&W--perfect for the subject matter. Great shots.

B&W

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Back when I first seriously started at this, I did pretty much everything on hand-developed B&W Agfa APX. (I had a teacher back then who insisted that we learn how to get things right with light and silver halide before he'd let us touch chromogenic film- or Photoshop. Seemed odd at the time but now I'm pretty sure he was right.)

I love the timelessness of B&W but never could get used to swapping colour bias filters around all the time. Being able to quickly create arbitrary colour-to-grayscale mappings in Lightroom has removed that hassle.

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