Photographer McNair Evans captures strangers on 15-day train journeys

Date
7 September 2015

There’s something romantic about long train journeys, but despite the onboard snacks, the bigger windows and the blur of countryside whizzing by, spending hours on a train can be arduous. San Francisco-based photographer McNair Evans has captured this restlessness and anticipation by shooting 15-day train journeys in his series In Search of Great Men

The range of characters McNair has photographed is wonderful and it’s his portraits that are strongest. We catch glimpses of how different passengers travel, some seek comfort in surrounding themselves with food and toys, others wrap themselves in blankets. My favourite images are those taken in the daylight hours, where sunlight streams in through the windows beautifully and the warm glow contrasts with the dark blue chairs and pallid grey table-tops. While McNair’s photographs don’t sugarcoat or glamorise these strangers’ journeys, the way he shows our tendency to create a home wherever we go, no matter how temporary it may be is fascinating.

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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