Train in Vain

When recording their album London Calling, The Clash had a last-minute addition in the form of a song called Train In Vain. If you’ve heard it, you know it has nothing to do with trains.

There’s one line in the song that grabbed me from the moment I heard it as a kid.

“Now I got a job, but it don’t pay”

I recognized it as the lament of the working artist.

Even today, most of the photographs I take aren’t for money. This one in Kirkwood, Missouri is a prime example.

A few weeks ago I needed to stretch my legs and shoot a few nighttime photographs. I figured the train station would be a twofer.

I spent nearly an hour hoofing around with no pictures to show for my effort. It seemed that my wait for the train was in vain.

Then the claxon sounded and these two young women took a seat and I got going with my unpaid work.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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