Travel Editor’s Choice from the Leica User Forum Book

The Legs on a Train by Sam Wells was selected as the Editor’s Choice for the Travel chapter of the ‘Leica User Forum Book’

A frequent aim of mine is to photograph anything that others can’t or won’t. Sometimes I succeed. In selecting my ‘editors choice’, Legs on a Train is a stand out winner using that criteria. I am pleasantly surprised by how many final images fit into such a category. One of the great dangers of travel photography is to fall into the cliche of picture postcard representation. There is nothing wrong with such documentation of one’s travels but I am pleased to observe that a high proportion of images go beyond that stage and make some comment beyond just recording that the photographer was there.

It is not expected that all readers will agree with my point of view, but I do hope that it will provoke you to further assess the selected images and find the reasons why you agree or disagree. That way you will better appreciate what the photographers have presented.

Legs on a train is full of mystery, promise and relaxation. The mystery of whose legs, with the wonderful connection between the pattern on the stockings and the seats. The promise of an as yet unrevealed destination suggested by the movement outside the symmetrically placed window, which is beautifully counter balanced by the asymmetrical and relaxed attitude of those mysterious legs.

The whole image is full of questions and tantalizes the viewer by withholding answers.

- John Amiet, Editor, Travel

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