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Friday, December 09, 2005

Train spotting

I was a bit taken aback when I found out that David read this blog, as I thought he might think it was silly, but then I cheered up when he told me that he too had a Flickr page and might do a blog one day.
Inspired by this seminar on the spaces of multilingualism, we thought it would be good to do a research project on how the spatial affordances of the train journey shape one's photographs taken while on the train.
We realised quickly that is really matters which train and which company.
The Virgin West Coast line tilts, so there may be some interesting angles there, plus it practically goes to Wales so there are Landscapes.
Midland Mailine is very straight and flat but has interesting low canal shots.
TransPennine Express is wonderful in its vistas but can be late.
The best ofcourse is Northern Rail from Leeds to Sheffield which has a wonderfully slow pace just right for catching those sunsets.
I can feel the beginnings of a research grant coming on.
We might even need experts.


JP said...

I love long train journeys - especially when have laptop and iPod. A good one is up to BC via Newport.

Do you remember we took the train from Fort William to Mallaig - one of the all time most scenic journeys!

Joolz said...

so where is David's flickr space?

Kate said...

He is going to invite me in (ha ha)
if you are lucky he will invite you too.
Watch this space.