richard tugwell

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Railway wagon

I wrote on another blog that I often take photos that are instinctive and yet I have no idea what it is that I like about them. This is one. Like some kind of homing pigeon I knew I was going to take this photo as soon as it swam into view. And I like it it. I would hang the print on my wall. But I have no idea why. I can see there are some obvious compositional things about the lines, and some textures, and maybe old rolling stock has something about it. But that's not it. Can't figure it out at all..

Railway wagon

I wrote on another blog that I often take photos that are instinctive and yet I have no idea what it is that I like about them. This is one. Like some kind of homing pigeon I knew I was going to take this photo as soon as it swam into view. And I like it it. I would hang the print on my wall. But I have no idea why. I can see there are some obvious compositional things about the lines, and some textures, and maybe old rolling stock has something about it. But that's not it. Can't figure it out at all..

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Solid. You are right.

But hang on....there's something funny about the bogey. Front wheel and axle, mid wheel and axle....but where's the rear axle? Stretching away into the distance the wagon is unsupported. What am I seeing?

The vision of comfort and certainty becomes strangely disturbing.
Richard Tugwell: So RuTDP has become morphed into a string of backslashes... I think it's just an illusion, remember that the wagon is a good bit wider than the bogey!
  • Cergie
  • France
  • 11 Oct 2008, 16:48
Il me semble que ce qui est attirant ici, en dehors de la perspective (fondu > out of focus et brume), est la différence d'échelle évidente entre cet énorme tampon rond au premier plan à droite et la façade (le pignon) de la maison ainsi qu'à plus forte raison la colline habitée en fond.
Le plein à droite de la photo / le vide à gauche
Richard Tugwell: Cergie - always perceptive. Yes, I think the large round buffer is a key element. I often approach photos by asking "if I left that out, what difference would it make?"

Thanks for looking!
  • Cergie
  • France
  • 11 Oct 2008, 16:49
Et l'araignée au milieu de sa toile en haut à gauche.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Apr 2017, 22:15
Many excellent compositional points in the picture, e.g. the vanishing view, lines. But there is also a little mystery, as it is not a very common type of wagon. I believe that the instinctive aspect is driven by emotion. One sees something appealing (emotion involved) and then the photographer experience a challenge (emotion involved) to capture and portray what (s)he has experienced. Of course it doesn't apply to all picture taking, e.g. I shoot birds for the sake of record.

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