Current Location:
Building D (MAK) -> 2nd Floor - Building D (MAK)
Location Notes:
MAK; 2nd fl., Near Conference Rm. D-2-168

Engine 2412

Artwork
Identifier:
2001.226.1
Artist:
David Plowden
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Silverprint
Date:
1960
Description:
Engine 2412 belonged to the Canadian Pacific Railway. This photo was taken during the last moments Engine 2412 has steam, just before it was taken off to the scrapeyard.
Historical Context:
Plowden's photographs focus on the struggle between civilization and nature, old and new. In his photographs and writing, he explores the beauty, power, light, and significance of these once commonplace icons and vistas-and captures the visual texture of a bygone America on the verge of vanishing. Mot merely nostalgic, however, Plowden's photographs often include “found objects” as subject and are highly constructed compositions more about light and shadow contrasts than subject alone. Above all, Plowden's images capture an intimacy that brings subject and viewer into close proximity.