Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Star Spotlight

On Fridays we will feature special projects, photography and ideas contributed by talented seniors along with information about the Internet.

A Nostalgic Look Back

I have always found trains and train stations fascinating. In many places they are also becoming a thing of the past.

Don Butler has done some wonderful collages using train stations as the subject, and he has kindly agreed to share them with us. He has taken many classes from his local community college in Photoshop, design and photography and it shows in the variety, skill and charm with which he handles his subject as you will see below.

The music you hear is appropriate for the subject of the collages and is one of my favorite Glenn Miller tunes...the Chattanooga Choo Choo...

Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?
Track twenty nine, boy you can gimme a shine
I can afford to board a Chattanooga Choo Choo
I've got my fare and just a trifle to spare

You leave the Pennsylvania station 'bout a quarter to four
Read a magazine and then you're in Baltimore
Dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer
Than to have your ham 'n' eggs in Carolina

When you hear the whistle blowin' eight to the bar
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far
Shovel all the coal in, gotta keep it rollin'
Woo, woo, Chattanooga, there you are

There's gonna be a certain party at the station
Satin and lace, I used to call funny face
She's gonna cry until I tell her that I'll never roam
(So Chattanooga Choo Choo)
won't you choo choo me home!

A special thanks to Don Butler for sharing his fascinating collages with us!


Anonymous said...

Great job, Don!

Sage said...

I was raised accross the street from our town's railway station and I come from a raliway family, dad and brothers, so I have a good idea of what you feel when you see trains.It was part of my life; love your pictures.

Anonymous said...

Love these images!

Mimi said...

Love those trains!

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful. You are
so talented and creative. Send more!