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Saint Joseph's University Magazine, Spring 2018

The Train Stops Here

Train buffer stop
Timothy West ’17, “Hallowed,” 16x20, toned gelatin silver print, 2017

By Molly Harty

A solitary buffer stop endures on the now quiet rails that once guided a train between Bala Cynwyd and Manayunk.

Timothy West ’17 (B.S.) captured the image, “Hallowed,” on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail a few miles from campus this past spring. A business intelligence and analytics major, West was a student in Directed Projects in Photography, a course offered by Susan Fenton, M.F.A., associate professor of art. She asked her students to explore the area — a Rails to Trails linear park that encompasses a 2.5-mile stretch of unused land open to the public — and to create images that were later exhibited at the Trail’s End Cafe.

The students applied one of two types of photographic techniques to their images: gelatin silver printing, a film photographic technique, or archival pigment print, which involves digital photography. West toned his print with silver to give it an old-world quality.

Biology students and faculty also spend time on the Cynwyd Trail, collecting, preserving and analyzing its diversity of plant, seed and soil specimens.

 

More images from the Directed Projects class: