Quick Shot: Brakeman

I hardly ever take photographs of people - I much prefer landscapes and nature scenes - but sometimes a face and personality take me and I've got to capture it. This gentleman was one of those people.

This is no model, he's an employee of the White Pass Railroad that runs through the Yukon in Alaska and Canada. As the train's brakeman, his job is to get off at the stops and assist passengers with boarding the train and notifying when everyone is onboard, which is how I met him. We had taken a long snow shoe hike and at the completion of our trek, were to be picked up by the train and taken back into town. I had my camera handy as I was boarding the train and snapped one shot of his face before climbing into the railcar.

What captured my attention was the warm and welcoming smile, but the worn look on his skin. He has a very friendly persona, but you look at his face and know he must have some great stories to share. Unfortunately, I don't know anything more about him, but I liked his face enough to make a quick portrait.

Shot with the Nikon D800 and 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Converted into black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro.