Eight Train Stations
I took inspiration from Ed Ruscha’s method of photography by capturing a series of banal and quotidian structures. On his journey from LA to Oklahoma, he took multiple photos of service stations and I felt a connection to that as I must also make a long journey to and fro from my home in Springwood to UTS.
That is why I had chosen to conduct my photography series on train stations. The common everyday appearance of a train station is something that people tend to ignore, yet is so essential to the daily lives of thousands of people who use its services. Ruscha seems to photograph his gas stations deliberately intending to not give any special consideration to angle or lighting by taking these photos just as he sees them from the road. In the same way, I have taken my series of photographs from similar positions at each stop in order to emulate Ruscha’s techniques. A factor in all his photos would be the lack of a human element. I personally chose to include that element in my series of photographs, therefore adding my own touch and also portraying the importance of train stations for many people. The layout I have chosen creates a sort of mirror effect for my images which adds to the similarity technique. To many designers, architecture may be a way of expressing ourselves through art and drawings. However, I feel that no matter what our reasons are for designing, we should never forget that people are the central focus for whatever we create. In this case it may be seen as very banal but more importantly, the train stations serve a purpose for the public.
Ruscha, E. 1963, Twenty Six Gasoline Stations, National Excelsior Press, USA.