eXtensions - Monday 18 June 2018
Digital and Film Photography Themes Around Mahachai and the Railway (1): The Journey
By Graham K. Rogers
The line was cut in the 1960s and now begins at Wongwianyai. Only passengers are carried these days, but it is a well-used link for commuters, including hundreds of students. Another less well-used (and separate) line, also set up to carry produce, runs from Banlaem, across the river from Mahachai to Maeklong, which is now famous for its Railway Market.
While working, I sensed that instead of a chronological display, there were distinct themes that the images supported: the journeys, around Mahachai (railway terminal and food), the river and related ideas. In the two parts of this photo essay, 44 images are used, about 15% of the initial shoot, which is about right.
Journeys Back and ForthA journey is often in two parts: going and a return, so I have included most images from the local station to Mahachai and back in this first section. Some were taken from the moving train, for good or bad.
Station activity - Rangpho
Beside the track - good and bad
Beside the track - on the way home
Mahachai TerminusThis has always been the main operating center for this line with its roofed station, the offices and its maintenance sheds. As well as the building along the line, the sidings here are being updated and a new building is being constructed.
Mahachai Station area - old and current
Endnote 1Working through the images and the themes I had settled on, it seemed more sensible to put this online as two separate, but linked items. The second part, Digital and Film Photography Themes Around Mahachai and the Railway (2) focuses on Mahachai market, Banlaem and the important marine links.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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