O.K., I have a confession to make. When I first heard about Ken Boyd and his new book, The Art of the Locomotive, I didn’t have really great expectations. At that time, I had not talked with Ken and had not seen any of his work. I had, however, seen a lot of very good train and locomotive photos by many others, so I was expecting this to be just more of the same thing.
(Here comes the humble pie) Well……… “I was very wrong!” There, I said it. When I first looked at Ken’s website and saw his photos of locomotives, and all the other great photos he has there, I was simply blown away. All I could think was, “Boy, this guy is good! We have got to have him do a presentation to HPS.” Fortunately, he agreed my request.
Ken will be at the Huntsville Photographic Society on March 9th at 7:00 pm, to show us some of his work and talk about how he made all those great shots happen. I’ve also ask him to talk some about all the work that was involved in getting his book published. I have asked him to bring along several of his books in case some of us want to purchase one and have him sign it while he is here. I know I want one! His book has received a five star rating and is for sale now on Amazon, if you just can’t wait until he gets here.
I recommend that you check out his website at www.kenboydphotography.com . I’m marking March 9th on my calendar to make sure I don’t miss this one. You might want to do that too.
Roger Hunter, HPS Program Officer
Ken Boyd – The Art of the Locomotive
Ken Boyd holds a B.S. degree in chemistry and an MBA and has spent his career working in the electric utility industry. He has been an avid photographer since the mid-1970s and a train and railroading enthusiast all his life. Ken has taught photography courses part time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University since 1985 on subjects such as darkroom techniques, creative digital compositions and photographic processes of the 1800s. He has traveled extensively over the years to study and photograph locomotives and other historic subjects including watermills and antique vehicles. He has achieved Master of Photography status through the Shades Valley Camera Club in Birmingham.
Beginning with the new millennia, he embraced and participated fully in the transformation of photographic imaging from film and the wet darkroom to digital capture and the computer. His approach to photography has evolved over the last four decades and today is totally unique for presenting subjects like the locomotive and other subjects in a very exciting and fresh manner. He and his wife, Dj, live in Birmingham, Alabama.
His work and his techniques have been published in magazines and journals including Camera and Darkroom, View Camera, Birmingham, Portico, Shutterbug, Shelby Living, Garden Railways, and numerous technical and trade publications and journals, including Power, Power Engineering, and Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Management. His photography has been featured in books entitled, The View Camera, Worthy of Remembrance, a History of Redmont, and Golden Jubilee, a book featuring the history of several Birmingham area Southern Baptist churches. He recently published through Voyageur Press (Quartos Group) an internationally distributed book entitled The Art of the Locomotive.
For more about his work and publications, please visit him at kenboydphotography.com.