I’ve always found train tracks to be very calming. They shouldn’t be really- I consider crossing train tracks the equivalent to standing at the edge of a cliff: one wrong step and you could be dead. Yet in most cases, train tracks tend to be surrounded by nature that (if you’re like me and barely leave the city) can be both compelling and refreshing. For this particular Photo Journal, the noticeable calming sensation could be due to the scenery that you walk through to get to this particular set of train tracks. A woodland route comes first, a dirt path starting by a small road in a local estate and ending a few miles past the train tracks. A modern looking farm stands on the left of the dirt path and a forest spreads out to the right. During autumn, the little pathway becomes a road through a kaleidoscope of colours; at parts even the dirt path swaps out its primitive mud-caked brown to a grimy burgundy red. It feels like stepping from one world to another.
After a few minutes of walking, you end up on the train tracks. Steel gates and red signs warn you away from them, but with no train track vibrations or physical train in sight, my friend and I decided to take a few minutes to explore them. I’ve never travelled along these train tracks specifically, but the times I have travelled by train have filled me with excitement and awe. I love passing by different neighbourhoods and environments by train no matter what the weather or the state of the train is like. Scenic landscape paintings come to life as you pass, and if another train rockets past, you can spot other people’s ghostly silhouettes blurring by. Trains themselves and the areas surrounding train tracks have their own aesthetic, as well as their own picturesque parallel world- a world I definitely want to be more a part of.
Disclaimer: I’m not the best photographer (yet!), but I’m hoping that with the following Tea-Stained Photo Journals (TSPJ) I can practice my skills in both photography and editing so that I can eventually look back on such blog posts to see my improvements over time. For now, I hope you enjoy spontaneous pictures!
(All pictures are taken with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and edited with Adobe Lightroom CC.)