Railway Portraits—don’t ignore the human side of railways.

Too often railway photographs focus on the equipment—locomotives, railway cars, signals—and exclude the people who work on the railway.

I’ll admit I’m guilty of that sometimes. However, I’ve always made photos of railway workers, and try to include people in my photos whenever it’s practical.

That’s not always easy, especially on many modern railways that have streamlined their workforces.

These days I’ll work my personal connections and photograph railway friends when it’s appropriate.

Cork-based Irish Rail train driver Ken Fox poses for a portrait with his InterCity Railcar at Dublin's Heuston Station. Exposed on Ilford HP5 using a Nikon F3 with Nikkor f1.8 50mm lens. Processed in Kodak HC110 (dilution D) and scanned with an Epson V500 flatbed scanner.
Cork-based Irish Rail train driver Ken Fox poses for a portrait with his InterCity Railcar at Dublin’s Heuston Station. Exposed on Ilford HP5 using a Nikon F3 with Nikkor f1.8 50mm lens. Processed in Kodak HC110 (dilution D) and scanned with an Epson V500 flatbed scanner.

I like this portrait because it puts the train driver in a positive light while his train takes a supporting roll, serving as a relevant backdrop rather than primary subject.

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