My obsession with Japan's trains runs deep. They're thoroughly woven into the landscape of areas like Tokyo and Osaka, transporting huge numbers passengers on a daily basis (more than 41,000,000 daily in the greater Tokyo area!) as well as freight.
I live in an area criss-crossed by different rail lines. From my home, choose any direction you want and start walking. You're guaranteed to hit a train line within ten or fifteen minutes. Very convenient for getting around, but also fascinating as a subject.
In this photo, we see streaks of light from a train running on the Musashino Line tracks in western Saitama City, as they wind between apartments, houses, commercial buildings, and parks. These trains aren't silent, of course, but they're not as loud as you'd expect, and I find their presence in the neighborhood comforting.
Original photography by David R Munson. Captured in 2018 in Musashi Ward, Saitama City, Japan.
The image size is about 7x9 inches, printed on high-quality 8x10 inch Hahnemühle photo gloss baryta paper using archival inks. This print is part of a project in which I will release a new print in an open edition every month.
I have always preferred to print my work in smaller sizes. Smaller prints are more intimate. They don’t dominate a space, but rather punctuate it and invite you to get closer. You have to get closer to them to examine their contents. This is something I value as both an artist and a collector of art.
Prints ship from San Antonio, Texas, in the United States.