The iron horse was as vital to the push west in America as the horse itself. The railroads linked the west to the nation as a whole and steam; engines added a glamorous component to the wild west visual narrative.; In researching my anthology to this period in American history, I was - as a romanticist - drawn towards these railroads. The research led us; to the famous Durango to Silverton steam train in Colorado, partly because the track runs through the most dramatic of landscapes, but also; because the narrow gauge track service remains largely the same as it was when the railroad opened in 1882. The iron horses themselves are; authentic and in excellent working order.; We want to thank the owners of the train for collaborating with us on this project. We scouted for two days and then shot for a further two.; Some of the staff were kind enough to say that this photograph is the most powerful they have ever seen of this famous train journey high; in the Colorado mountains. I don't know about that, but it is certainly my strongest image for many a month.; I knew as soon as I took the picture that we had something and I have many people to thank - in particular the horse owners and cowboys.; Positioning horses by a cliff edge with a steam engine coming around the corner requires top professionals and that is exactly what we had.; This was not a location for those suffering from vertigo.; The key decision was to place a lone outlaw on the right hand of the track giving the frame compositional balance and despite his anonymity,; his presence makes the photograph even more powerful.; I hope a few of these prints find homes in Colorado - that would make me very happy. 180.3 × 226.1, Contact for price; 132.1 × 162.6, Contact for price;
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Isabella Garrucho Fine Art is an art gallery based in Greenwood. It offers a great selection of artworks for sale by many emerging and established artists.