Light at the end of the tunnel

Part of Boston’s public transit system. I’m not sure why the light on the right had a bigger flare effect, but it was there for every shot I took. My guess is that the other bulb is dimmer for some reason.


  1. I find that a very evocative shot. As well as seeing, I can feel the darkness.

    A couple of days ago I read an article about William Albert Allard, a National Geographic photographer – and one thing he said seems to fit this shot very well. He said, “A picture has to be reachable by the viewer; you have to give them somewhere to go within it.”

    • Spot on observation from Mr. Allard. In the images I take where something is moving, if there’s no place for the object (animal, person, etc.) to go, the photo just doesn’t work.

  2. In a way, it almost looks like two sparklers. I’ve notice in the vast majority of vehicles (or at least cars) that the right head light is always brighter then the left. Is it possible because it you reverse and sit in the car, it’s the side where the driver sits?

  3. Maria Cole says:

    As Maggie said, i don’t know if it’s same in trains but cars have left light weaker to not blind drivers who go in our dirctions.
    I wonder how far this train was? You used zoom to take this picture, because it looks like it’s really near You.

  4. I like the composition of this: if you have cropped it at all, you have done it just right IMO – I like the amount of blackness. I also like the small amount of colour – the red and slight yellow tone of the headlights, I think if the shot was B&W it wouldn’t work quite as well. Good stuff.

    • Thanks, Philip. I did crop it – the original image was about 2x this size, and I felt like the train got lost at that composition. I took other photos where the train was closer, but it was this bend in the track that I found most aesthetically pleasing.

  5. Love this photo, I like how you can only see a tiny bit.

  6. Lovely use of light and dark. And lots of negative space.

  7. Liewilyn Baynosa says:

    Great shot… The road detail was still there…

  8. I love this shot. It’s so captivating in how it only makes for a small portion in the complete darkness. There’s nothing more familiar that two headlights in a dark tunnel. I hope you didn’t have to lean over the edge to capture this shot!

  9. Woah. At first I thought this was sparks or light lines after the shutter has been left open. Cool shot. Hey, do you or have you sold any of your prints?

  10. That tunnel photo seems like it is in the universe that surrounds with two sparkling stars. It is simply amazing huh, I’m impress this photo. It is very nice and cool!

  11. This is so cool! Once I read what it was I could see that it’s a picture of the transit system, but at first it kinda looked like a couple lightning bugs flying around in a pitch black room.

  12. Caroline Lopez says:

    That picture is really nice and I love it very much. You always made a great photo ever, very creative and nice. Thanks for sharing this nice pic and I appreciate it very much.

  13. Really memorized by the reflection of the tracks. I would love something like that on my wall. I would star at it for hours.

  14. The darkness seems so essential to the image but it’s the kind of image that can make you feel self-conscious and vulnerable because of *all that darkness.* It’s like you may feel the need to explain it.

    I remember my newspaper days, that kind of empty space would immediately get chopped. No questions asked. Maybe that’s why I left newspapers years ago? I don’t know.

    I sometimes feel like I need to prepare to defend, justify or explain my work before anyone else even sees it. Do you feel the same way? Why is that? Isn’t the pleasure of the image, the beauty and marvelousness of our lives reason enough?

    I need to go to bed. Nice image.

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