February 1, 2013

Train Ride, Canada

Photograph by Tatum Wulff, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos

A young Mennonite girl looks out the window of the Heritage Number 9 Waterloo Central Railway steam train as it reaches its destination at Waterloo station in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. This candid photo was taken in October of 2012, but it feels timeless to me.

(This photo was submitted to My Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I personally love documentary portraits of people, so I'm happy when I find one that will hold its own as a Photo of the Day. The subject, the setting, and the choice of black and white work together perfectly to create a timeless photograph, and the direct gaze of the young girl draws me in. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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31 comments
maede taghavi
maede taghavi

it reminds me of rainy days of Iran very cool

정훈 선
정훈 선

Great B & W shot! It reminds me.....kind of Russian movie or novel! 

Merre Cris Elayon
Merre Cris Elayon

Wow,, cool shot ... the simplicity of the picture made it beautiful ... it caught my attention so sudden .. 

Tatum Wulff
Tatum Wulff

I am very grateful for Alexa Keefe's feedback on my image as well as everyone here who had shared their thoughts.  I appreciate it very much.

I now follow NG's POTD regularly especially to read the editor's perspective on each featured image.

If anyone would like to see more of my work, please feel free to visit me here:
https://www.facebook.com/TatumWulffPhotography

I will start uploading more of my work to my, My Shot page as well!

Thank you again NG!

WillyGex Spoken
WillyGex Spoken

 i love it. Who's looking at who ? The photographer at the subject or the girl at the photographer ? Who's the most fascinated ? Interactivity, exchange, curiosity... LIFE.

Tatum Wulff
Tatum Wulff

It is such an extraordinary honor to have my image selected for Photo of the Day!  This image is a personal favorite of mine and holds dear memories I will forever cherish during my first visit to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  My travels have always been driven by a deep fascination to learn and interact with cultures other than my own.  I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet with Mennonite and Amish communities in my own country.  After my visit to Ontario, I now feel even more compelled to learn about their unique way of life which is so contrary to most of our own.  I greatly look forward to spending more time within their communities during my next visit there.

I love classic B+W street and vintage photography, and felt the subject matter in this image called for such a look.

Thank you so much Alexa Keefe for selecting an image that holds such great sentiment for me.

Gene Park
Gene Park

The image of the child in the old train coach evoked thoughts of Original Nations children hauled off to 'schools' where they were abused and beaten for speaking their language. 

Katherine N.
Katherine N.

It seems like a photo of the last century. I believe that is when photograph magic pops out!!!! Love it! 

George Lloyd
George Lloyd

Not sure it can be considered "Candid"but a nice photo all the same.

Zahia Kissoum
Zahia Kissoum

Je suis happée par cette photo; elle retient tout mon être et j'ai du mal à décoller mes yeux de ce regard!!!

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

I know she's looking out the window but it feels (to me) like she's looking in. Not innocent eyes, but knowing eyes, almost like she knows something I don't. I love black and white photos, they seem to create moods and feelings that color photos can't. For me I think color reveals to much and stifles my imagination at times, depending on the photo of course. I'm sorry, I ramble, let me just say, I like this photo.

orange Doctor
orange Doctor

great .look at those innocent eyes.thank about explanation in answer to "What Makes This a Photo of the Day?"

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

@Tatum Wulff  Tatum, I think this is a really good photo and I'm a little surprised (not a lot) you didn't get a lot more positive comments. It's moody and mysterious, even thought provoking. I love it.

Tatum Wulff
Tatum Wulff

@Barney Blasterson Barney, I really appreciate your feedback!  The next best thing to taking photos I believe, is engaging in some good dialogue about them!  There aren't that many comments here but I am grateful to those who have responded.  I also read comments left on National Geographic's FB page as they post links to the Photo of the Day there as well.  I really like that you feel this image is thought provoking.  I feel quite fortunate to have been able to get this shot, as a lot of Mennonite and Amish people do not want their photo taken.  It seems to depend on how strict they are in their lifestyle.  The families I encountered on this heritage train seemed quite amused by my interest in them.  I have several images of the mother of this child smiling through the train window while I took photos of them, after the train had pulled into it's station.  Thanks again for your feedback, I am really glad you like this image enough to take the time to comment! 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

@Tatum Wulff @Cedar Waxwing It's been two weeks now, and I swear I think I've been liking your photo more and more each day. Today, Feb. 14th, as I look at this photo, I was thinking, she looks like she wants to, or wishes she could, tell me something I need to know, but sadly she knows she can't. I just can't get over this photo, I love it!

Tatum Wulff
Tatum Wulff

@Barney Blasterson Barney, that's a tremendous compliment for me.. Your words feel as rewarding as my photo being chosen by the editor here does.

Thank you so much for your generous support, it means a lot to me!

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

@Tatum Wulff @Barney Blasterson  You're very welcome. I often find myself coming back (every time I turn on the computer) to take a peek at your photo and end up lingering for awhile , that alone (to me) is the sign of a good photo. At the risk of going on and on to much, I have to say, I have seen every Photo Of The Day for the last couple of years (about 700 photos or so) and I'm sure your photo would be in my top 25 favorites of said photos. Not that that matters much, for who cares what I think. Beauty's in the eye of the beholder right?

 Tatum, don't put your camera down.

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