Stormy 611Stormy 611The NW 611 sits during the firing-up process at the N.C. Transportation Museum on August 6, 2016.
The Behind-the-Scenes events give you a chance to learn more about the engine, meet the crew, and get up close and personal without as many other people around.

Towards art, my journey

July 17, 2014  •  4 Comments

A big challenge for me has been to embrace the idea of becoming more "artistic" in my image making.  
Down at the MillDown 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.


Comments

David A Fishel(non-registered)
I too, was born and raised in the same photography realm. Now after 50+ years of the "status quo", I am starting to experiment with many of the same things as you are. I enjoy your work and I appreciate your perceptive vision on recreating the railroad photography world. I may not be with you physically on your journey, but I will walk every step of the way, through your photos. Thanks Gene.
shelly gunderson(non-registered)
I agree with you and find myself doing more "digital art" type things lately. So far I haven't shared any of the extreme ones but I have always enjoyed "playing" with a photo. That's why I call my work "photo Creations".
This image is just excellent and as I mentioned to you elsewhere I love the intensified industrial feel it gives it. Wonderful!
mark helm(non-registered)
Gene, I know exactly what you are saying and thanks for writing it down. I get satisfaction from getting a shot but a bigger feeling of accomplishment when I create an image like I imagine it might be. take care
John Wilson(non-registered)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject of "art", Gene
Interesting read.
Best of luck,
John
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