documenting the development of a railway
from february to november of 2018, i visited the site of the developing St Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway once or twice a week.
it was a dream job!
i was outside and in the sunshine (usually), the breeze was always amazing, and watching the development of each section was so interesting, not to mention inspiring. the vision and dedication to build a railway is something to be admired.
i literally took hundreds of photographs. many may seem boring and just a documentation of progress however, i could not help but capture vignettes here and there and really appreciate the many layers of life in building a vision.
of course the people working added to the interest. they were usually interested in what i was doing, who i was taking pictures for and how much ‘flim’ i had in my camera (the bajan way of saying film and no, i was not even using a film camera!). some asked to have their picture taken so they could show their family what they did and others were not interested in me whatsoever. capturing people too busy to notice me is my favourite way to photograph people.
adele did notice me. she was always busy planting but took the time to ask me how my garden was doing at home (which was always met with a big laugh from me because you can not really call what i have a ‘garden’ and it is a running joke in my family that i have nothing close to a green thumb). i miss chatting with adele. she was like a character out of an old caribbean story, exactly what i would envision a hard working, loving, west indian grandmother to be like. who would have thought she would be one of my favourite memories from a job documenting a railway being built?