The Journey



SpringBlossoms6The spaces in-between. Not where you started from or where you are headed, but where you are. For that moment. Glimpses of passing spaces etched in your mind.

These photographs are mine but they grew from a seed that was planted in another place. Their story is here … it’s just a short train ride…


These images are cross-posted on the collaborative blog Journey of a Photograph. Please visit to learn more about the inspiration behind their creation.

© Karen McRae, 2013

99 thoughts on “The Journey

  1. I can imagine sitting on a train and seeing these things whirl by. Sitting on a train you have a choice – be in the moment and see the present and past at once or do something else. I found that I wanted to look out with you, Karen. Lovely photos.

  2. Thank you Karen for sharing! Another set of fine photos! I try to exorcise these moments of driving from one place to another by taking photos.

  3. Fantastic images Karen. Such and incredible sense of movement. Your last photograph, my favourite, has me stumped as the movement seems to be going in different directions. I’m assuming it’s a composite of more than one image but how it’s so seemlessly woven together to give this feeling of coming and going all at the same time, such that you are in the space in between is amazing and quite magical. Superb!

    1. Hi Adrian, thanks for your enthusiasm about these. : )

      They are are just straight photographs, although, I have cropped some of them. I was using a long(ish) exposure and panning the camera with the movement of the train. I’m not quite sure how that last one worked out that way – the magic of movement and long exposures, I guess. Endlessly fun! I’m glad you like them.

  4. A fine collection – excellent images and quite inspirational. I can’t help wondering how many shots were trashed before you made tour final selection!! I like the result – a lot!!

    1. Hi Louis, thank you. Yes, I did take a good number of photographs to edit! It’s sort of experimental with settings and hard to know how things will work out in the end. I think that’s what makes this type of photography so much fun – it’s always a bit of a surprise!

    1. Hi Richard, thanks! They were made in a very free sort of way; like splashing paint through the shutter, I guess. (I will have to look up Ian McKeever, I don’t know that name)

  5. They have a dream like quality… like impressionist landscapes…. haunting, mesmerising. Gorgeous! Thank you for your contribution to the journey, and for letting us be a part of yours!

    1. Hi Emily, when I saw your photograph it made me think of visual memories of in-between places and since I was traveling by train, it seemed to come together as a response so nicely.

      Thanks for starting this project, I’m looking forward to each leg of the journey!

  6. Journeys have been on my mind, and I am happy I visited here today. Your images and words have been expressed with such beauty and care. I could look at the second photograph forever.

    1. Hi Patricia, yes there is something so wonderful about going on any kind of journey. Thanks for your comment, I’m pleased you enjoyed this post.

  7. These are ‘out of this world.’ I get to one and would think that it was my favorite and then the next one would become my favorite and on and on. Really superb, and it goes to show, again, that one does not need the best lens or camera [although I am sure this one is a good one] to come up with fantastic images.

    1. Christian, thanks for this exceptionally great comment! : )
      I think you are right about the tools that one uses – you can be creative with anything and sometimes the “less expensive” tools provide very interesting possibilities. (These were taken with my Nikon D7000 and a good lens, though.) I truly appreciate your comment.

  8. Fleeting moments of beauty. Fabulous, Karen. I am about to embark on a cross-country drive and these images remind me of looking out my window taking in small “snapshots” with my eyes as they go by. Will think of these!

  9. These are so beautiful. The second one just knocks me out. It makes me think I’m remembering something I forgot maybe centuries ago. You always catch something in a movement or texture that sparks the imagination.

    1. I like your reaction, Steven. There is something about traveling that stirs up other memories I find. I’m glad you get the sense of this in the images.
      Thanks very much for your comment.

  10. Karen,
    I broke out into a wide smile when I saw these photographs for the first time. They are just beautiful! The last two are my favorite. The third to last is like walking through an enchanted forest. Wonderful use of long exposure. Aren’t train rides the best : )

  11. A almost spiritual journey. Those photographs are incredible beautiful, so full of energy, excitement and joy. Your blog is always such a great place to visit.

  12. These remind me of a quote by Arthur Conan Doyle:

    “To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.”


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