Photo © Lara Davenport
Originally built in 1901, Richmond, Virginia's Main Street Train Station was once bustling with travelers. It closed in 1975 but was so historic that instead of demolishing it, they built I-95 around it. It was renovated and re-opened in 2003. The train shed in the back was also renovated to be used as event space. It is open to Amtrak passengers as well, but it is often empty as only two trains per day stop there. I went in on a bright, beautiful afternoon and was taken in by the immense industrial elegance and high-tech waiting spaces that go practically unused so much of the time.
Lara Davenport UNITED STATES
I began my lifelong love of photography when my parents gave me my first instant camera (110 film) in the 6th grade and I started putting together albums of snapshots of my family and friends, my travels, and school memories. Then armed with my first 35mm Olympus, I became photographer of my high school and (and later college) yearbooks, developing my own black and white film and prints. For most of the last 20 years I have taken photos of my favorite subjects - my three sons. Now that my youngest is a teen, I am exploring landscape and architectural subjects with a renewed enthusiasm for my craft--learning and growing with each photo shoot. I strive to see what is right with the world and to look for beauty even when it isn't obvious. I love being in the great outdoors with or without a camera--enjoying hiking and kayaking. I thrive on new experiences and endeavor to learn something new every day.
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