It’s in the details


So, there is something to be said for revisiting locations to photograph, repeatedly.  Each visit offering changes in light, weather, time, elements, color, and conditions. For example, I visit Steamtown National Historic Site a few times a year.  This past week, I went to this site once again and they had a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train car.  I was able to photograph it, spoke to a park ranger about it, and will be able to visit again to see the exhibit that they are going to build in it.

But, there is another approach to be taking in visiting a site over and over.  That is in seeing the same things in a different perspective.  Trying to see something in a way that you haven’t seen them before.  While I’ve looked at details and textures at the NHS before, I took a different approach this time.  I intentionally shot details of the workings of the engines and railroad equipment, intending to process them in a high contrast, monochrome method.

I took just under 150 images, downloaded them to my computer, and culled them down to about 50 for this particular project.  Of those, there might be 15 or 20 that end up in this gallery.

Inspired by photographers like Lewis Hine, and Ralph Steiner I created these works from the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton Pa.  I hope you enjoy them