John Sanderson

Railroad Landscapes
Cal Garbat, S4

The space changes around the railway lines that remain, generations after their construction.

Flowing into the distance or cutting through an image, the rails leave us amazed; and yet their confident line anchors us to our path. Once busy, the stations feel abandoned, objects of an aesthetic pride forgotten.

Elsewhere, the tracks flow through immutable mountain passes. The photo series “Railroad Landscapes” examines the forgotten environment of US railroad tracks.

From urban to rural, Sanderson set out to examine how pathways exist as a narrative force within the framework, while also looking at places that describe our collective history.

Rooted in his passion for architectural and historical design, this project has been underway for twelve years.

The photographs were taken with a traditional 8×10-inch viewing film camera during a long journey through the United States of America.

Blanca Berlin

John Sanderson is a photographer from the United States born in 1983, whose main interest lies in wide topographic landscapes that are characteristic of the American landscape. He finds the most creative inspiration in such places. His photographs reconcile American themes of impermanence and expansiveness with the contemporary landscape.

Sanderson’s projects focus on themes such as transportation, leisure, residence, industry, and decay. His passion for architectural design is rooted in his upbringing in Midtown Manhattan, NY.

For each project, he captures photographs with different large format film cameras. His works have been published in various magazines and newspapers, including PDN Magazine, Slate Magazine, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal, Lenscratch, and NBC News. His photographs are part of numerous private and public collections.


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