Mainline Scene - Railway Photos by Geoffrey King
I was born in Leicester and showed a keen interest in railways from an early age. Given a Brownie Box camera for my 15th birthday, I promptly headed for the station. I soon realised this camera’s limitations and within a year had saved up to buy a Bonafix folding camera which I used for monochrome for many years. I had my first pictures published while still at school. While at university I started taking colour slides and for many years used two cameras bolted together for simultaneous colour and monochrome shots. In later years I have worked with both 35mm SLRs and medium format cameras. Recently I have embraced digital photography.
Following the demise of steam on BR, I turned my attention for several years to Industrial railways, especially the ironstone lines of my native Midlands. The railway preservation movement brought new impetus to my work, but there was a long period when all BR trains were painted blue and I virtually ignored the national network. However during the preliminaries to privatisation, and especially since, there has been an ever-changing panoply of colour schemes which has revived my interest in the main-line scene.
With the late Mike Fox I co-authored two Industrial Steam Albums, published by Ian Allan in 1970 and 1976 respectively, and I have made substantial contributions to a number of other published albums. I continue to submit work to national and specialist railway periodicals.
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