Canon 5D II, 180mm F/3.5 Macro
Hey everyone, time for a new series. I struggled with a name for this series. In the end, I wanted something simple. This is "decay art" and it is courtesy old train cars. So I'm just going with "train art."
I want to give you a brief background. Have mentioned several times on the blog how inspired I have been by the images of John Barclay's friend Bill, unfortunately no longer with us. He was a master of composition, often of small areas he found.
When I went to the Palouse last summer, for my last morning I decided to shoot some old railcars. My intention was to capture some interesting looking graffiti.
And I shot the graffiti for a while. Then something happened. This does not occur often for me, but it is a thrill when it does. Sort of a "sixth sense." Something in these scenes was calling me. I just sort of leaned on my tripod mounted camera and slowly stared at the tired old railcars. And I started seeing these patterns. Tiny. But vibrant.
All of a sudden it was like I was seeing in a completely new way. It was a "Bill Moment." It felt like I could just float through the air and effortlessly see interesting patterns that were made by man and nature. Paint and rust. Steel and decades of forces to break it down.
Well, hopefully the images in this series lead up to my somewhat breathless introduction. These were all shot with the 180mm macro, and most of the areas are just a few inches wide.