photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
Train travel in China is absolutely beautiful, and seeing the reflection of this young man in the window while he gazed out upon the distant mountains portrayed the beauty of what he was seeing.
Congratulations to all our Trainspotting winners for the wonderful photographs. This year was a particularly hard year to judge and there were so many great photographs entered into the competition. Thanks to all the photographers who entered the Trainspotting 2012 photography competition, it has been a pleasure looking through all these images.
My mind immediately went to monochrome when I got to the tracks on this morning – the gradient of the mountains and desert, and long morning shadows really struck me. Backlighting the train, while highlighting the glass insulators to the left of the tracks, helped balance the image between the sharpness of shadow and glint of early morning sun.
While waiting for the train in Pisa on a chilly winter afternoon, a heavy fog drifted down the platform dimming the lamp light. With the fading sun lingered in the background, the atmosphere was surreal and transported me into another dimension. I wanted to remember this moment forever.
Early morning in Central Station, Sydney. Everyone is rushing to their destinations and don’t pay much attention to what and who is around. Everyone is just a dark silhouette on a blurry background.
Winner of the People in railway and tram environments category
‘In the carriage window’ photography by Evgeny Frank
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
The photographers caption reads:
My inspiration comes from traveling; I always see something endless in the faces of people who are going somewhere. I took many pictures at the train stations, but then i found a frame for them – carriage windows. I have a series of pictures in those frames, some with reflections, some without.
The movement and the noise! Steam, trees, sunlight, people, and the tracks winding away: all flitting in and out of my senses. This double exposure was made to capture it.
A train photograph is often improved when taken from an elevated position above track level, but such cantage points are scarce in a desert landscape. At first the herd split up and went their separate ways, but realising the hopelessness of their situation, marched like zombies towards the same small hill.