A big challenge for me has been to embrace the idea of becoming more "artistic" in my image making.
Down at the MillA block away from the mainline, an older GP unit works at the feed mill. The smell of corn fills the air on a humid morning in July 2014.
I was born and raised in the "realism" camp of photography where especially railroad photography was designed to capture the actual moment. There was not a lot of room for artistic interpretations and photoshop was (still is in many circles) a crime.
In the age of digital cameras and YouTube there are millions of railfans photographing and videoing almost every square inch of rail in the US. A lot of those images start to look alike, even to a buff to me.
When I go out railfanning these days, I find myself searching for the less obvious, the historical, or the unique. Something different than the me too shots of the next train, or a special paint scheme.
I believe that we are each capable of creating something "better".
Taking what we "see" with our camera and making it into something that tells an entire story visually.
The end result isn't "photography" per se, but more digital art. I've never had any talent with a paint brush or drawing, but I've found a way to express that desire to create. It is my own way to be an "artist", something I never thought I'd call myself.