Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm* (U.S. Central Time)
*Subject to change
Join the CRP&A for an upcoming weekend event on Zoom featuring three fantastic photographers exploring unique perspectives by rail – by drone, from the engineer’s seat, and through passenger windows.
Jen Al-Beik, ABOVE
Finding My Track: Rail Photography as a Creative Outlet
Perspectives as a newcomer to the hobby
Jen Al-Beik is a veterinarian by trade and took up a passion for railroad photography after her son became interested in railroads. As a newcomer to the hobby, Jen now enjoys rail photography as a creative outlet and takes images from both the ground and from the air by drone.
Daniela Holbíková, ABOARD
My Job is My Hobby
The photographs in this presentation detail a record of Daniela’s shifts on the Czech Railways. She most often makes here photos at the start or end of her day or during breaks at the depot, on the tracks, at stations, or even sometimes while the train is running. Her true passions lay in making and sharing interesting photos with the public and her family and friends.
The imagery she makes shows a landscape of locomotives both old – from the former state of Czechoslovakia – and new – from the current Czech Republic. All are trains that she runs around her residence and on long-distance routes across the country.
Daniela Holbíková is a Czech train driver and photographer from the city of Ostrava in the east of the country. She lives in the small town of Kopřivnice, home of the Ringhoffer Tatra vehicle manufacturer and railway car factory. Daniela has been interested in railroads since childhood, and still often travels with her family by rails. Her childhood dream was always to work as a train driver, and though she has many hobbies, including travel, transportation, model making, and airplanes, railways are her favorite.
Due to requiring corrective eye wear, Daniela was not originally able to work as a railway driver, but she could still work as a tram driver in the city of Ostrava. After several years in this role, she decided to undergo eye surgery and returned to school so that she could earn her qualifications to work as a driver for the Czech state carrier Czech Railways. Today, Daniela drives motor and electric passenger and express trains in her region, as well as long-distance lines across the Czech Republic.
Stacey Evans, BEYOND
Glimpse the American landscape from the seat of Amtrak passenger Stacey Evans. Using the train as a moving studio tethered to the earth gliding on a predetermined path, Stacey makes photographs focused on regional similarities and differences while composing how we occupy, shape, and transform the land. Her archive has over 29 train trips in American plus a few in Scandinavia and France. Over the years, she’s collected various themes ranging from swimming pools, to power supplies, agriculture, intersections, and fading light, to name a few. She will share her unique perspective not accessible by foot, plane, or car.
Stacey Evans grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia; a small town made diverse by its variety and combination of different landscapes – rural, urban, industrial and suburban. Over the years, she have worked to translate her formative visual experiences and demonstrate the role landscapes play within culture. She studied photography at VCU and received a BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She works as an artist, educator, and photographer. She is the Imaging Specialist and Project Coordinator at the University of Virginia Library, a Statewide Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a resident artist at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. Her artwork is exhibited regionally and nationally.
This event is free.
Schedule, U.S. Central Time
- 10:30 AM, Zoom meeting open
- 11:00 AM, Welcome and Introduction, Scott Lothes, CRP&A executive director
- 11:15 AM, CRP&A Collections Update, Adrienne Evans, CRP&A archives manager
- 11:30 AM, Daniela Holbíková, My Job is My Hobby*
- 12:15 PM, BREAK
- 12:30 PM, Jen Al-Beik, Finding My Track: Rail Photography as a Creative Outlet*
- 1:15 PM, Stacey Evans, Passengers*
*Timing subject to change