My favorite photo to date. You’re probably familiar with the following Ansel Adams photography quote:
“You don’t take a photograph. You make it.”
I believe this to be true for the most part; however, I think the above photo demonstrates that sometimes photography is about being in the right place at the right time. I happened to be inside the train tunnel at Stoney Point in Chatsworth trying to photograph the train tracks at dusk. Suddenly, I heard the train behind me, and ran out of the tunnel as fast as I could. As soon as I reached the rocks outside the tunnel, I turned and pointed my lens towards its opening, hoping to capture a long exposure of the train passing by. At that precise moment, the train’s headlight hit the PEACE graffiti on the tunnel wall, illuminating the tagger’s message in the darkness.
This fleeting moment gives me hope, and serves as a metaphor for the struggle for peace. I printed the photo on a large format poster sized 36″ x 48″ that now hangs in my living room and my neighbor’s.