Illuminating the Dark

by Tim Rogers January. 22, 2015 3558 views

Let's just say it was a very bad day. The reason…well it was a long time ago now so it doesn't really matter. But it was a dark day. Most people when the fog hits will lock themselves in the house, draw the curtains and stew in the misery. I think that's the worst thing you can do, I had to get out and about. So I got in the car and headed south of Sydney. I'd heard about an abandoned train line about 40km south that looked like something out of the jungles of Borneo.

So I drove…I was miserable but I drove out anyway. I wasn't 100% sure where the tunnel was so when I turned off the highway I headed for the railway station, figuring a once-used tunnel would have to be close.

When I found it the thought of a hundred different horror movie plots jumped out. This place was every possible definition of abandoned and every possible description of creepy. Water running down the walls and pooling on the ground certainly added to the dank and eerie feel of the place. The tunnel looked foreboding; pitch black, wet with an echo that magnified every drop of water. I edged closer (my imagination for bloodthirsty creatures from beyond is pretty effective, so Yeah! I was a little freaked). I set the flash and hit the button a few times. I wasn't going to hang around any longer.

When I got home and downloaded the photos, the dark entry to the tunnel was alive with colour. Years of water flowing down and through it had brought out something from Joseph's technicolor dream coat. Green's, orange's, yellows, reds and blues all appeared where black used to be. If only the flash was a bit bigger and more penetrating.

I thought about my dark mood that day. I wondered whether it too could come back to life in the best possible way if I approached it despite my fears and added a little illumination. Maybe something just as great can come out of all our dark places if we try.


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Chossid 5 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful set!

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Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 6 months ago

Another great post.What a fantastic location. I would like you to go back with a tripod and take more shots using a longer exposure and a greater depth of field. I think it would really pay off.
By the way, your writing is great too Tim.

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Paolo Martini 6 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful shots .. ;o)

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