Locomotive Breath

This was shot in Sacramento outside the California Train Museum. I couldn’t stop thinking about the  Jethro Tull song as I was setting up this image!

“Locomotive Breath” is a song by the  English progressive rock  band Jethro Tull from their 1971 album, Aqualung, notable for a long  bluesy piano introduction (particularly during live performances) and its flute solo by rock flute virtuoso  Ian Anderson. The lyrics use the imagery of an impending and unavoidable train wreck as an allegorical portrayal of a man’s life falling apart. The song receives frequent airplay on Classic Rock  radio stations. .

The term “locomotive breath” ostensibly refers to the  steam ejected from asteam locomotives pistons, which provided a characteristic foggy atmosphere and metallic odor to 19th-century train station platforms.


10 responses

  1. Great song reference! I really like the treatment you given this image, it has an almost infrared look to it. I also like the sense of motion I get from the movement of the clouds. Nicely done.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:52 am

  2. Nice shot Erik! I like the composition and the clouds look great.

    April 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

  3. Great shot! I’ve been all about perspective recently, and this is taken from a sweet angle with nice depth.

    April 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

  4. Tim

    God stole the handle and
    The train won’t stop going —
    No way to slow down.

    April 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

  5. Patricia

    Loved the movement of the photograph.

    April 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

  6. Tom Barnett

    Love the perspective! Awesome shot!

    April 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  7. Sick shot man! Really dig the processing of this one! Nice work.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

  8. Absolutely LOVE the perspective and composition on this one! What a dichotomy, Erik, I love the stillness of the train contrasted against the motion in the sky!!! Awesome.

    April 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

  9. That moving sky is a great back drop to the train, and the mono works really well.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  10. Love it. I am a sucker for train images, and the sky just screams at me.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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