Snapped on the train…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one annoying everyone by doing Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland through her trunk. (FFTCM)
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Here’s a picture I took, oh, it was at least a year ago – I am that far behind in sharing my snaps with you dear reader.
This is an uneasy composition isn’t it? Almost everything, all the interesting (if ‘interesting’ is the right word) stuff, is happening at each side with not much in the middle. This is one of my, Shall I bother taking this, or not? pictures.
I was sitting waiting on a train in Paragon Railway Station, or perhaps Hull Paragon Interchange, as it now is, here in Dulltown. ‘Paragon’ – what a funny name for a station? I don’t know how it came to be called that! Oh, I just looked it up for you – it was named after the nearby Paragon Street – doh! But that just kicks the can down the road as they say – so, who would name a street ‘Paragon’?
Aha! Some more research – the street took its name from an 18th c. inn that used to be there – ‘Paragon’ is quite a good name for a pub! Fancy a quick pint down the Paragon? Phew! I’m glad we’ve got all that sorted out!
Now then, where was I?…
Yes, there I was, sitting, waiting for the train to zoom me off to the city of Leeds (L) about an hour away to the north-west. Ten minutes to go… I looked around the empty carriage and… Oh, look at that… I wonder if… Click!…
It’s what one might call a very quick, but slow burning, delayed action, sort of photograph. As we in the West tend to view images the same way that we read, that is from left to right, the first thing we encounter is that window filled with blueness, which includes a large letter ‘B’ in a red box and a yellow oblong thing – pretty dull stuff! I wonder why the photographer bothered to… Good God! Who’s that on the right?… See what I mean about a quick, but at the same time, delayed action composition?
As to why the chap has his face on the side of the next train along I don’t know – for me he has the look of an actor about him – maybe he’s advertising some arty event, or perhaps a play somewhere?
This picture is possibly a bit boring, but I think it was worthwhile snapping – I have seen far worse photographs…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to Snapped on the train…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Most worthwhile I’d say. The essence of photography even – a captured moment, otherwise lost forever. It’s the face that makes it.

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    It’s a picture in a picture! Love the man’s face, he looks as though he is trying to squeeze on to the train. Also, glad you sorted out Paragon, inquiring minds want to know stuff. Have a great weekend Dave.

  3. Dana Doran says:

    Feeling Lilliputian….

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