The last two images in the series Train Train. The final picture County Line Special has its title in homage to the great British harmonica player of the 1960’s, Cyril Davies, who enjoyed a top twenty hit of that title.
Over the lockdown we have published a small book for our extended family. It’s called George and Margaret Hagan – a brief account of their lives and tells the story of them meeting in the war and their life together in Sheffield. Sorting out the family photos was the stimulus for writing it.
Cooling towers towering above like monuments to giant industrial power. The shot seemed to call for a back and white treatment with its old ‘wet process’ associations – anybody remember Ilford FP4?
By way of contrast a dramatic distance shot with end of day sunset colours. This time reflections are of the train carriage interior making a sharp modern design contrast to the billowing clouds of steam.
The title of this set of seven photographs derives from a composition for two pianos called ‘Seven Amens’ by Olivier Messiaen. We were fortunate to attend a performance of this piece whilst on holiday in Lucca, Italy. Coincidentally we were looking for ‘modest’ but intriguing imagery that might speak of the ambience of a town of religion and music. The photographs have a mood of quiet contemplation and hope to give a sort of ‘palimpsest’ effect regarding centuries of faith.
Another in the Train Train series taken between York and Doncaster showing one of the many cooling towers. Reminds us of the days when the funnel on the train engine would look like one of these and rail tracks seemed to be everywhere.
Another in the Train Train series showing the layered reflections in the carriage window with the railings speeding by in a sort of visual echo of the rail track.
A series of photos taken during winter whilst travelling on a train. Taken through the train window some of the results proved very interesting with the reflections from inside the carriage layered against the blurred images of the forward ground and the sharp focus of the distant view.
The speed of the train lends a certain drama to the image.