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Friday, September 10, 2010

A DULL DAY IN RICHMOND


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32 comments:

Sujomi said...

I like how the monochrome allows the lines of the station to be emphasized. Of course, I'm a sucker for train tracks as well.

Pat Tillett said...

you've got a lot of my favorites in here Lucy! Great photo!

Hermes said...

I agree with Sujomi, the monochrome emphasises the very interesting lines and angles.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Sujomi,Pat and Hermes.

I'm glad you like the railway station. If only it were the kind a steam train is about to arrive at!

I agree about the lines (of course!) however . . .

I don't know whether you clicked on the photo but, while it is small, it looks as if there's not much more to it than that; make it big - and there's loads to look at - life and buildings beyond and notices and people being people rather than frozen models. To me, it's like setting a film in motion. I keep clicking on it myself to myself to go on another explore.

Lucy

ynyswr said...

Good that you're back, Lucy.
I have had a revolution regards blogging - Mono was driving me nuts.
Happily, handing it over to D'star has revitalised it and I get to look over her shoulder.
Good shot, one thing about flat lighting, lots of detail.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Islander.

(Quick resort to my Welsh Dictionary!)

Have just emailed Dragonstar to ask her to pass on my best wishes to you. Do you still have a blog anywhere?

Glad you like the photo. Glad you were looking over her shoulder.

Lucy

RuneE said...

All the lines leads into the distance, so it was not a dull photo.

faye said...

Wonderful shot. It works very well
in monochrome..doesn't really look
dull at all...

Malyss said...

A great perspective with lines, a scene of everyday life.. no, I don't see anything dull there, only interesting pieces of life!
Thank you for your comment.
I'm glad to discover your blog, I really love your pictures!

Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks Rune and Faye.

It was evening and the light was grey and going. The dull light cast a dull atmosphere over everything along the platforms - yet life was going on. It wasn't rush hour (clearly!) but I expect many of the people along the platforms were tired none the less and glad to be going home.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks Maylyss.

I've been interested to discover your blog too.

Lucy

Carver said...

I like the shot along the tracks.

John said...

I have a few shots from this station taken a couple of years ago.

Marie said...

Maby a dull day but absolutely not a dull photo. :-)

Dragonstar said...

Nice to see you again Lucy. Being without a camera would be a nighmare for me!

I really like all the lines in this photo.

Manang Kim said...

A not so busy day!
Birds house

James said...

Rail stations always seem to look so nice in monochrome. I like the point of view.

ruthi said...

this is a great monochrome photo... the detail is great too.

Kitty said...

Time rushes through railway stations but never seems to touch them. This photo could have been taken in the 1960s, 70s or 80s - only the Cornish Pasty Co shop marks it out as modern.

@nemonen said...

Lovely- I like railways and live in a village with lots of tranin passing by.

Serendipity said...

Dull day maybe, but plenty to capture interest here.

Serendipity said...

Dull day maybe, but plenty to capture interest here.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello John.

At first, when I read that you had taken photos at Richmond Station a couple of years ago, I thought 'What a coincidence!. Then, I realised you might have been in a similar situation to me, that evening. I was on my way back to Wokingham (where I was staying for a few days) having been on a river trip to Hampton Court . . . so I was standing there, waiting for the train . . . dull light . . . nothing happening . . . out comes camera and suddenly the scene is interesting after all! Wish I could stay longer - then the train arrives! Doesn't time fly when you are looking through a lens?

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Carver and James.

Tracks bring meaning into a photo because they are always going somewhere. Their straight lines rarely fail to give coherence to a scene. And there are all sorts of dramas at railway stations - everyone is on their way somewhere and one wonders . . .

The upstairs of this one (Richmond) is very busy and vibrant. It would be a wonderful place for anyone who is good at taking photos of people to spend some time. - Very different from the atmosphere of the platforms themselves that afternoon.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Marie and Serendipity.

Whether or not such a scene is dull (when standing as part of it) much depends on whether one is properly looking or simply wishing the train would arrive. There was little on my platform except concrete and people being bored so it was good we could look over to the other side.

However, the 'dull' bit in the title refers more to the dull, flat light than what one can see. (Though both were in my mind.) There's a time in the late afternoon (in built up places) when the life of daytime seems to vanish but the lights of evening haven't yet been turned on. A sort of anxious weariness descends. After a bit, people start looking forward to being at home or going out later . . . but there's always a sort of dead moment in between.

Lucy

Mona Sweden said...

Excellent shot! I love all those lines. It looks so neat and clean.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Dragonstar.

Yes, it was very odd being without a camera. At first, I kept putting my hand out for it when it wasn't there. Then, after a bit, I realised I wasn't 'seeing' anything properly any more; just looking around the world vaguely instead of precisely. After that, when I had a new camera, it took a while to get back to 'seeing' the 'picture' instead of fiddling about with the focus! I still have to watch that one but I like the camera and am gradually growing into harmony with it.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Manang Kim.

Thanks for visiting.

Not such a busy moment for me so I had time to take the photo but I wonder about the other people waiting for their trains . . . whether they'd been shopping, or to work, to weddings, to funerals. One just doesn't know!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks Ruthi.

I keep clicking on the picture myself and find more each time!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Kitty.

You are right - even the building which looms over the platforms is ugly-1950s. (Assume that's the date - looks like it.)

This station could do with a big upgrading. The main entrance from the street is vibrant and busy - then you come down the steps to dreariness. Not fair on the travelling public, I'd say. For me it was a let down after a wonderful trip on the Thames. For those who are going home tired at the end of a working day, it must be even more depressing. (Especially the platform I was on, opposite the one in the picture.)

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello @nemonem.

Although it sounds useful and interesting to have trains coming through your village, are you glad of them or irritated by their noise?

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Mona Sweden.

Parallel lines are very satisfying, aren't they?

Lucy

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