While I'm on a dedication spree, I may as well post this one for Daniel, whose photos of streetcars I tried to take as inspiration (far less successfully, as it turns out). This is a shot of the Riverfront Loop streetcar line in Memphis, TN. Looping around downtown Memphis from Main street and then to the banks of the Mississippi River, it is a reminder of a city that was once much more bright and optimistic than today's somewhat depressed metropolis. Memphis is Tennessee's largest city, but its best days, sadly, are behind it; today many of the old buildings are crumbled, and it looks to a degree frozen in the 1950s and 1960s. It also suffers from poverty and crime, though not perhaps as badly as its detractors would suggest.
These old streetcars have been running for decades, and have not been updated since their opening; hard wooden seats, creaky joints, all manual operation. They are, however, a good way to pass the time and to see the core of the city. Sadly the weather while we were there was less than ideal, as you can see from this drab shot, but we did try to make the most of it!
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krzychu30 (15496) 2013-04-27 9:31
indeed,thatīs something in Danielīs style.
Theyīre maybe old and uncomfortable,but they have undeniably its own charm.(just like the "Electrico"trams in lisbon).
Superb shot,which shows us different side of Memphis(after your previous shots from music pubs)
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-27 14:13
An impressive shot. A very beautiful place. I like the soft colours here. The choice of point of view in this image very well done. The clarity, sharpness and lights superbly managed. Very well done.
mjw364 (7338) 2013-04-27 15:00
Nice shot, Andrew.
This is a DKMurphys special! Lines and colourful tram with a well chosen POV.
I think you should get some of those plaza shots on here. Very creative and original in those very very good compositions in that series on Flickr.
timecapturer (48012) 2013-04-28 3:41
Daniel is going to love this! A superbly composed shot, that is full of wonderful detail and perfect diagonal lines. Excellent capture full of character and style. Well done!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
claudeD (32081) 2013-04-28 7:23
as a railway or tram fan I like your picture very much. Very good composition and fine colrs. Very good informativce note.Very well done. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ikeharel (56024) 2013-04-28 7:31
Why update such an ancient beauty, maybe add a band playing Jass inside, or at least Elvis records...
Fine taken it's picture, we do not get to see much of Memphis picturs on TE.
Nice POV chosen while it was riding.
jcpix (13560) 2013-04-28 8:56
It seems that pictures of trams are a popular subject, and it's probably safe to say...Daniel will love this one! I must admit, the more I've seen, the more I enjoy them...and this is a great look at one here in the States. We're so accustomed to our own vehicles or other means of public transportation, that this is refreshing to see, and has a wonderful antiquated charm. A great perspective and point of view to showcase this original, it gives some solid dimension and depth. It may not have been the brightest day, but it doesn't take away from the well executed photo you've taken and presented. Thanks for sharing the nostalgia. Have a great week ahead.
All the best,
macjake (55550) 2013-04-28 11:15
well, this is completely new for me!
I had no idea there were street cars/rail cars in Memphis! Guess I've learned something new here today :)
You said this photo isn't as successful as Daniels, but don't go solely by the points...its actually a great cultural shot - as i mentioned above I had no idea this was available in Memphis.
It looks cold there, the man on the side has a winter's jacket on :)
see you around...and I'll check out your Flickr gallery for Chile :)
delpeoples (53001) 2013-04-29 21:32
Yeah you may aswell join em if you can't beat em :) A lovely dedication - and very appropriate - to a man who we all know loves his trams and cable cars. Excellent diagonal lines, good choice of the vertical frame and wonderful colours despite the shaded, overcast conditions. Excellent shot and good note.
Royaldevon (28641) 2013-04-30 1:30
Good Morning Andrew,
A great dedication and one which will definitely please.
You have composed this really well, the angled rails leading the tram straight to the corner of the frame and with plenty of space into which the tram can travel.
Although you have no strong sunlight, the details are sharp and the colours natural.
have a good day,
dkmurphys (48446) 2013-04-30 6:25
First, thanx for the dedication. It's great to see this old tram! I know there are still in use in only few American cities for touristic purpouses so this is a special image.
Have a good day!
Miguel82 (22861) 2013-04-30 7:36
Very nice view of this old tramway, an excellent transportation alternative
Good photo note, excellent pov allowing the viewer to see the tracks
Fine colors and contrast
abmdsudi (42618) 2013-05-04 22:31
A great way to enjoy this ye oldie tram with its own charm and characters, a very evocative shot displaying a wonderful insight of the city The viewpoint also gets us to explore to street scene and the architecture but the I love the simplicity of this straight to the point so to speak. Good detail and the low light effectively suits this mood. The brightness of yellow light pulls the eye nicely there. Tks for sharing something special, I used to ride in this kind of elect tram something like this in Singapore in the 60s, a kind of nostalic shot to me. My congrats
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7467)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-20
- Camera: Nikon D3100, AF-S NIKKOR 35 mm 1:1.8G
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Tennessee & Arkansas, February 2013
- Theme(s): Trams [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-27 9:15