Trains and railways, with their incredibly rich history, colorful variety of locomotives, and never-ending thrill and excitement, have been the subject of my photography for 4+ years. My photos have garnered recognition through taking the First and Third Prize in the John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Contest in 2020, as part of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and have been published in numerous magazines.
From the snow-covered rockies to quiet evenings along the streets, landscapes make for all kinds of interesting photography. Most of these photos were taken from my travels in Wisconsin, Georgia, (both U.S.A.) and the United Kingdom (London, U.K.). Bucket-list for places to photograph: Tokyo and Osaka, Japan // Paris, France // Iceland // Switzerland // China.
The world takes on a whole new perspective from the sky! With drone technology, new heights literally and figuratively can be achieved in photography. In this photo captured by my DJI Mavic Mini, we see a westbound freight train hustling up the hill in Brookfield, Wisconsin U.S.A., passing the cozy wintry neighborhoods nestled along the tracks.
In this video, six cherry-red locomotives take a regular westbound freight train through Brookfield, WI, as I do my best to pace the train at 30mph! Music: Waiting for Love // Avici
In this video, the regular evening freight train T5 rolls into Madison, WI as it approaches the terminal on the east side of the city on a wintry evening. Railroads once again make for an interesting subject even in videography. From the night sky, the world takes on a surreality that is made possible only through the lens of aerial technology. Music: Lost Control // Alan Walker
During the COVID-19 pandemic, while quarantined and finishing my last semester of college, I decided to go on an adventure and enrolled in an online illustration course in Udemy. "Astro Kid" was one of the works that resulted. Techniques included working with Adobe Photoshop and a Huion Drawing Tablet.
After digital manipulation garnered some attention between my photographer friends and me back in college, I was inspired to create a few pieces using my railroad photographs and my smartphone. Adobe Photoshop has quite the array of tools in helping to create fanciful stuff. These are some of my favorites!
Chocolate Coffee Art Gallery (Decatur, GA) 2017 - 2019
Emory University Cox Hall (Atlanta, GA) 2018-2020
Robert W. Woodruff Library (Atlanta, GA) 2018-2020
Wisconsin Chapter - National RR Historical Society Interview
Center for Railroad Photography & Art Interview
Vino Cappuccino (Brookfield, WI) 2018
UPDATE: My work is available on OpenSea as NFTs now! You can check them out here!
I'm a photographer and digital art enthusiast, with most of what I know being self-taught through trial-and-error and supplemented through online learning. Some of my recent recognitions include being selected as a 2020 Docent Scholarship recipient by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and as the Grand Prize and Third Place Winner of the 2020 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards contest (international).
With my academic background in chemistry, economics, and computer science, I tend to approach my work through a highly precise and detailed lens. I graduated from Emory University in 2020 and am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Computer Science with the University of Pennsylvania.