Thursday, July 29, 2010

"I tried to see them all in one long glance before they were gone"



"I tried to see them all in one long glance before they were gone" - An Honest Exit by Dinaw Mengestu

14 comments:

Lisergic Synaesthesiae said...

This remember me of Milano station, what upset me is the presence of that palm-tree, seems to feel so out of place...

((really like the quote, sometimes I do just the same))

ps: honored to retract, in some way, your dream's atmospheres ^^
On my part I'm entrapped in a loop of recurrent dreams (and I'm a bit tired of this...)

yann said...

une bonne image de masse

kobico said...

Gare de l'Est is my guess, only because I think you'd end up there (or maybe Gare du Nord) coming from Mainz!

It's amazing how many people pass through a train station in one day...

Zé Caçador said...

To late babe, to f#### late.

Roberto said...

The stations, the train, have a special captivation .... the trip...

Ratzfatz said...

Gare de ... with palmes ...
Have a nice weekend, Martina

Markus Spring said...

Fine wimmelbild. I could imagine this prints well - I'd like to hold this in my hand to enjoy. Sometimes a computer screen is plainly inadequate for an image.

Martina said...

LS, yes, the palm tree is really a minus - I really can't imagine what people are thinking: hey let us put this plastic palm tree in the middle of a wonderful 1900 train station? So it might look more ... what? Modern? Green? He?
I am reading Nagib Machfus' Ahlam fatrat al-naqaha right now in its German translation, it is Sogni nel tempo della convalescenza in Italian I think - it is amazing how universal dreams are - Machfus, too, is always entering strange buildings, strange streets, stranges cities in his dreams.

yann, merci beaucoup (my French hasn't improved in the last months, :-( ).

kobico, yes, coming from Mainz you are ending up in Gare de l'Est, you are right. This is Gare de Nord, built in 1900 for the World Exhibition. The station's clock tower is shown in yesterday's post. Its iron structures are amazing - and hard to photograph.

Zé Caçador, yes, who knows where they are now ...

Roberto, I really like being at train stations - I like them more than airports, definitely.

Ratzfatz, you, too!

Markus, thank you. I focused on the roof (and just had a look at the original and the focus is on the palm, duh) and therefore the people are there more by chance and a little bit blurry. I shot it with ISO800, therefore grainy, too. I am not sure how this would come out in printing.

But yes, computer screens are totally different and everything I post on this blog is processed (as far as I do any processing) to look good on a screen. This doesn't mean it would look good in print, too ;-). Hm I am babbling, what I really want to say is that often I am torn between photos that won't work on the blog but work in large format and/or prints and vice versa.

Martina said...

kobico, Gare de Lyon - sorry. I am being constantly interrupted here ...

Martina said...

@all, and I have just been told that these might be real palms. :-S

David said...

Nice shot. I always end up taking pictures in train stations when I am in Europe. I like underground stations, too: in London, Paris, Atlanta, and Washington, DC.

Martina said...

David, not to forget Moscow underground - I think I have never again seen wooden escalators going down the earth so steeply. Besides the stations being impressive.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I'm still travelling but doing a quick catchup. This reminds me of other travels I have done ... big train stations like this are such a joy.

Martina said...

Joan Elizabeth, yes they are. I especially love the train stations that are built around 1900s, like this one. The big times of steel construction.

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