Saturday, July 19, 2008

Making Tracks


I took this photo from the viaduct on 21 Street in downtown Birmingham.  A very nostalgic scene, reminiscent of days gone by when the railroad played an important role in Birmingham's history.

10 comments:

alice said...

Yes, the B&W accentuates this nostalgia.

D.C. Confidential said...

Excellent composition and LOS! Trains play a major role in my memories, too. I grew up in the mountain West (Utah/Wyoming) where trains are a daily part of the American landscape. Nothing like seeing a train rumble across the great American West.

Snapper said...

Yes Virginia, this beautiful b&w image is very nostalgic. And perhaps a bit ominous too. I think America may end up regretting dismantling the rail system as the oil situation gets worse. In Europe, you can still go just about everywhere by train but we've lost that here in North America.

Strangetastes said...

Love the way the composition draws the eye from top to bottom and back again. The picture has the feel of 30s - 50s urban photojournalism.

Dusty Lens said...

Perfect in black and white! love this shot, superb!

Valerie said...

Yay!!! I had NO idea we had a Birmingham, AL Daily Photo! I've been a huge fan of Eric's Paris Daily Photo, saw your post about L'Occitane in B'ham and just connected the dots!
I've lived here 9 years and will admit I don't know much about the area except the town I live in.
I'm looking forward to checking your blog each day.

Virginia said...

Fun to know that folks from Birmingham are finding this blog!

Katie said...

Very captivating photo. Wrong, state, but it reminds me of the song "City of New Orleans"

Good morning America how are you?
Don't you know me I'm your native son,
I'm the train they call The City of New Orleans,
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

babooshka said...

It is a wonderful shot, and so perfect as b&w. Indutsrial landscapes can be equally as stunnings sunsets in the right hands,

angela said...

I like the use of B&W which does emphasise the nostalgic atmosphere. The tracks draw the eye to the horizon...lovely.