Tuesday, February 22

An OWL with a camera


One of my favorite photographers is O Winston Link who became famous for his night shots in the 1950's at the end of the steam locomotive era.

He also made sound recordings of trains which also also famous among railroad fans.

The major body of his work is now at the O. Winston Link museum which is located in the Ex-Norfolk & Western Terminal in Roanoke, Virginia.

I recently made my first visit to the museum and was impressed by the collection of photographic prints (most done my OWL himself) and also the collection of the equipment which O. Winston used to make his photographs.

His work challenges me to place the railroads in a greater context. They are less about locomotives and more about how the locomotives interacted with the employees and the landscape. This balance is what makes his work so different than many other photographers of the period who focused on the 3/4 view of steam engines. It really is the difference between a still-life and a landscape.

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