A thin pair of steel ribbons across town and countryside, along sea walls, over remote and lonely Highland moors, through tunnels, and carried on magnificent viaducts - the special association between railway and landscape is explored in this photo essay by two of the UK's best-known railway photographers, one of whom was named the Sunday Times `Take A View' Young Landscape Photographer of the Year.
Through a breath-taking selection of photographs, this is a book of stunning views, capturing the romance, nostalgia, drama and excitement of past railway journeys, while celebrating the ordinary and everyday scenes of the modern railway and showcasing railway journeys as an intrinsic part of the British landscape.
Robin has now returned to full-time education as a PhD Student at BCRRE, University of Birmingham researching sustainability and governance of heritage railways. Robin is a retired Chartered Architect and Consultant. He was a Rail Manager for 8 years at Network SouthEast and partner with a national architectural practice for 25 years, the last ten years as Chairman, a founding partner of the environmental and economic consultancy ERES and has served as a magistrate for 29 years. He has a lifelong passion for steam railways, travelling over one million miles, and is perhaps best known for his innovative photography for which he has won several awards and was recently invited to the US give lectures on his photography. Robin volunteers at Vintage Trains where he holds the position of Company Secretary. Taliesin is an exploration geologist, experienced in challenging remote and independent working, across the geological and remediation industries. He has always had a love of travel and exploring the world around him. This desire to travel has gone hand in hand with his passion for photography and wanting to capture from the smallest moments to the grandest vistas which few have seen before. Photography has not just been a personal passion but a commercial one as well, running a wedding photography business alongside his other professional activities, as well as publication with a wide range of photographs winning critically acclaimed awards such as the Sunday Times' 'Take a View Young Landscape Photographer of the Year' in 2010 and being featured in National Geographic.