Dirt, Sweat, and Creosote

August 29, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Durgon Railroad 1Durgon Railroad 1Railroad through Durgon, West Virginia, USA Since posting this particular photo of the railroad tracks in Durgon, West Virginia on my flickr site, I have had several comments from fellow photographers and viewers regarding the point of view/perspective that I used in the shot. As one person commented, I too have seen quite a few “typical” railroad shots of rails converging at the horizon. Sure it’s a typical shot, but for me it was also about the mountains in the background and those fantastic clouds. To emphasize these other elements, I wanted to get a low point of view. Admittedly, I was too lazy (and too hot) to walk back to the car to get my tripod in order to get the camera down to just inches above the ground. So instead, already sweaty, I laid down on the railroad ties and gravel to get this shot. Sure, dirt mixed with sweat on my shirt, and the smell of tar and creosote lingered on my chest for many miles afterwards. But you know, I think the shot was worth it — and the smell of creosote will have a lasting impression on my memory of this small section of railroad in Hardy County.


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