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Almost to the Top

Escalator in the metro station Vieux Lyon/Cathédrale Saint-Jean, leading to the funicular tram to Fourvière.

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Waiting at Warden

Between trains in Scarborough.

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Doors Closing

Uncaptioned.

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Blocked

What remains of a telephone section in the Warden subway station.

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Downstairs Rush

Travelers move down from the north/south subway platform to the east/west trains on the lower level.

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Waiting at St. George

Late afternoon at the east entrance to St. George station.

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Up to Trains

Warden Station on the east side of Toronto.

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Boxes at St. George

The western entrance to St. George Station.

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On the Phone

On the phone as a commuter train leaves Gare Cornavin, Geneva’s central train station.

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Lights and Codes

Signals and instructions above the TGV tracks at Lyon-Part-Dieu station, as the train below departs for Geneva.

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Arts and Crafts

Originally dating from 1904, the Arts et Métiers (Arts and Crafts) station was redesigned to look like something out of a Jules Verne novel.

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Tenez Votre Droite

“Keep right” when moving through the tube of moving sidewalks at the massive Châtelet Metro station in Paris.

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The Bird

With today’s news of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), home of iconic architect Richard Rogers, being awarded the design for a new terminal for the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, I thought it fitting to showcase the first amazing piece of work at the airport, Santiago Calatrava’s Satolas TGV station. A photo from the inside is what kicked off the relaunch of this blog back in April.

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Cite

The Cité Metro station and its entrance up to Place Louis Lépine, in the center of Paris.

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Up / Down

Three levels of the Hôtel de Ville Metro station, one of the original eight stations in the city’s system when the first section was first opened in 1900.

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St. Clair Chairs

Against the wall in St. Clair station.

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Leaving Bessarion

An eastbound train leaving Bessarion station on the “new” Sheppard line. I guess after being open 11 years, it’s not really that new, but it’s still new to me.

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Pixelated Wall

A wall reminiscent of 8-bit graphics, in the Sheppard-Younge station.

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Speeding at St. Patrick

A train entering St. Patrick station.

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Railway Worker

A train engineer exits the engine of a local train and walks toward the central terminal.

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Station Texter

A man on his phone on the platform of the Broadway-Lafayette Station in SoHo, New York City.

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Swiss Timing

Swiss Rail clock at the main station in Geneva.

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Stairs and Landings

I don’t remember the station, but it’s a long way under ground.

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Luggage Cart

A single shot from my first attempt at a tilt-shift sequence. The idea was to test techniques (intervals, shutter speed, etc.) for what will eventually become a tilt-shift movie. Shot from the roof of Washington DC’s Union Station parking garage in the fall of 2010.

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Train to Finch

Toronto is one of my favourite cities in the world, and one I don’t visit nearly often enough. This shot, part of my ongoing TTC Series, was taken on the northbound platform of the Queen subway station.

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Satolas

A year in photos. With this post, I am relaunching my site after about a year away. In that time, there were many developments, many destinations and many photos. This shot comes from the incredible, bird-shaped Satolas TGV station at the Lyon Saint Exupery Airport, in Lyon, France. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this building is the nexus between land and sky, plane, car and train. Going forward, there will be much more. A year away from blogging, and a growing archive of stories and pictures, leads me to a year of posting. I’ve come full circle. And with it, day one of 365. A year in photos.

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Red Light, Dark Sky

After working in the east African country of Malawi for two weeks, an unexpected 30 hours in The Netherlands was a world of nearly polar opposites. A walk around Amsterdam, a train to Maastricht, carnival celebrations and snow. This was taken in Utrecht, in the all-too-brief minutes between changing trains, bound for Schiphol on a Sunday afternoon.

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Night Trains

For my first blog post of 2012, a return to familiar and loved subjects: train stations, train travel, Paris and, more broadly, Europe. I’ve returned to Paris after a 6 year absence from the city, and although I now have digital photo gear, I’m resisting temptation to reshoot old favourites. Well, mostly resisting.

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50Z

Looking eastbound toward Monaco from the Nice station, tracks converge before a bridge and tunnel out of the city centre.

Westbound in Monaco

On the road. In Europe. It’s great to be back abroad again. I’m working, but it’s still so nice. This is a reprise of photo shot years ago on black and white film.

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Broadway and 34th

After midnight, on the route between Brooklyn and and Penn Station.

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Take The D Train

At the Broadway-Lafayette St. station in SoHo, headed for Brooklyn.

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Please lift receiver

On the platform at the Aldershot GO Train Station.

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Where You Headed?

The wall of Dupont Station, directly behind me when I took this shot.

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Stairs, Tiles and Train

My previous wanderings around the Toronto transit system had never really included the Spadina-Downsview section of the map. Lots of interesting locations out there, including this from Dupont Station.

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Snowy Subway

Outside the Navy Archives/Penn Quarter Metro station after a few hours of snowfall.

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Station Stairs

In a break between the traffic flows at the Aldershot GO Train Station, a look up to the last platform.

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Kipling Bound

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Exit at Eglington

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Departures - Gare Du Nord, Paris, France

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em…

Things have been, surprisingly, rather free from catastrophe as of late. But there will be much less to say after this email — I’m packing it in and heading home early. Plans for the Czech Republic and Italy have been abandoned and Poland had to be curtailed.

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Bus Station Towers - Izmir, Turkey

Ride on, Cowboy.

It’s awful. Really. So impossible looking is this, well, thing, that seeing it in person has served to shatter the mythical tales of its triumphant use.The legendary Trojan Horse is probably the most ridiculous looking thing I have ever seen.

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Palace - Budapest, Hungary

Buda, Pest and The Cure

Death was imminent. I was sure of it. It was so humid that the word “air” could be used only sparingly. And it was so hot that there may as well have been an onion on my head and a tomato in my mouth: I was being roasted alive. The thermometer pegged the temperature at 72oC (162oF).

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The Dictator Next Door

The first bombs fell about 10 pm. Their arrival was no surprise — journalists left the city two days prior. Residents gathered in Cold War-era shelters as the air raid sirens wailed and radio reports warned of the need for gas masks. The state-run television station blinked out. Explosions erupted around the city and the lights went black.

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Station - Algeciras, Spain

Back to the Future

Morocco has been officially rocked. Aboard the ferry to Spain, I spent my last Dirhams on insanely cheap Smirnoff and candy bars. It was quite a way to go out.

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Marrakech Express - Train Station, Tangier, Morocco

A Change of Plans

I was in the line to visit the ship’s Moroccan immigration officers when I noticed the guy in the line beside me. He looked, well, Moroccan. And in his hand was a Canadian passport. After reading wild tales of hucksters and scam artists, I was keen to know if the ship’s currency exchange rate was decent.

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In The Beginning

Casting off for an extended voyage is a paradigm shift in the experience of usual, brief sojourns. I cherish the basics: Having only beginning and end points to a trip. The freedom to think of time as a minor, abstract detail — able to move in any direction, to capitalize on any moment. Spontaneity. Serendipity. Experience. As for so many travelers, these themes have become my very definition of escape.