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There’s a story behind these pictures. I pass a building twice daily on my commute. This building is a factory where my mom used to work, before the manufacturing they did there moved to Taiwan and resulted in the factory being shuttered for probably 15 years. When it closed, the railroad siding that used to provide the factory with materials (and over a hundred people with jobs) was disconnected from the main railroad. I wanted to capture the forgotten feeling, the disuse, the contrast between the still-active rail line and busy roadway only feet away from a place that was just as busy and vital until a business decision sealed its fate years ago.
As always, most of the pictures have descriptions in their captions. The pics were taken just after sunset on April 26, 2013 with a Canon T3i and a 50mm f/1.4 lens.
I hope you enjoy!
Rail meets road.
This struck me as poignant. We’ve no use for this rail anymore, as it’s been paved over and forgotten. The flower doesn’t care, it found a spot to grow.
During the service life of this siding, these were three separate parts. In disuse, they have rusted into one.
Rail to nowhere.
I love the light play here.
End of the line.
I want to know if this was thrown off of a train or if it was accidentally lost. Did anyone ever miss it?
The active rails have a shiny top, from trains using them daily.
Ever since I was a kid, the railroads have fascinated me. The way if I touched one of the tracks, I’m touching everywhere it touches. That rail was a connection between me and everything else it touches. I was a strange kid.
My favorite shot in the whole series. The clash of the old and the new, the disused and something I use daily, the plants in center-left fighting to make it in an abandoned railbed.
Entropy from order.
Don’t give up.
The color bands in the sky.
This shot sort of sums it all up. This rail siding is just feet away from an active line and a bustling road. Thousands of people drive by here every day. They either don’t know about the rail siding or don’t care. By extension, they don’t know or don’t care about the erosion of the jobs that used to be here. The loss that seems like it never happened, as no one even notices it…
Look at the age.