My black & white conversion of a Central Link train approaching SoDo Station
I encourage you to please take photos of transit. That full or almost full bus you’re riding on? Get a picture – then post to the Seattle Transit Blog Flickr Group. It helps lobby politicians for more transit service a lot more than just a quick, polite e-mail (which is always good). I’m certainly not asking for perfect pictures – just a quick iPod or phone picture will do.
When you see something innovative like Swift Bus Rapid Transit, Seattle Streetcar or a transit operator doing a great job? Get a few pictures, then post to the Seattle Transit Blog Flickr Group what you got please.
When you see something newsworthy or understand the need to build up stock photography for editorial copy? Post to the Seattle Transit Blog Flickr Group what you have, please.
When you can, please take a helicopter flight (perhaps using this Groupon as I did) and get some aerial photos involving transit. Then post to the Seattle Transit Blog Flickr Group what you have, with some comments on what you saw. Perhaps also add a paragraph about how you think the land use is or isn’t compatible with mass transit plans.
Also I moderate a group called Photoshopped Transit. That’s for folks like I that like to use mass transit as an opportunity to practice post processing techniques such as black & white conversions, selective saturation, photoshopping logos and the like. Even if you just use an iPad, iPod or iPhone with the VSCO Cam app adding easy color – that’s good enough for my group. Not asking for epic artwork here, just some artistic effort.
Why? Ultimately transit photography can be a non-confrontational way to advocate for transit. I know many of us in the Seattle Transit Blog community wish away election campaigns and shy away from politicking for a litany of reasons. Transit photography is a way to campaign without having to play the political games we have to play and play to win.