An orange flag has become an emblem of the project. The image links to the high-visibility clothing worn by workers active on the railway . The picture was made after a day spent filming maintenance work being carried out by the side of the line. I watched as groups of men prepared visibly cumbersome lengths of electrical cable. They used tools to strip back a plastic coating and attach some sort of fitting, which could not be identified. Once completed, each length was carefully placed on the ground with the two ends being either propped up or placed on a piece of board to prevent them having contact with the bare earth. Connections are drawn between objects and events or an object and another object, or a piece of text and an over-heard conversation and these become the catalyst for making pictures.
Eric Treacy was once the vicar of a church in Edge Hill and a well known and respected railway photographer. I discovered this by chance after buying a book of his photographs of trains from a charity shop. His pictures were most often carefully arranged beforehand, rather than simply snapshots of passing trains. The aesthetic of his images are clearly constructed and pre-conceived; steam trains pass through expansive landscapes, or are framed within the architecture of station buildings. As clergyman and respected figure within his local community, he made connections with many of the men working on the trains. As a result he was able to convince drivers and firemen to manipulate dramatic smoke effects specifically for his pictures.