A fleeting glimpse into a passing rail car while awaiting the Chicago elevated train system’s brown line (“L” for short). Taken October 10, 2011 at around 11 p.m. Photographer: Since 2010, Chris Carruth has been on a quest to raise awareness and funds for research into blindness by running 57 marathons - one in each state (plus D.C.) and one on each continent. Chicago 2011 was number five on the list and this shot was taken the night after the race after a celebratory evening out in downtown Chicago. Suffice it to say that weary knees and sore calves were grateful for the “L”‘s service and dedication to the transportation of Chicagoans and travelers alike.
This week in pictures, we take a look at transportation. We are an incredibly mobile species, able to cover thousands of miles not only on our own two feet but using a wide variety of engineered mechanisms. Our photographers and community contributors explore but a few ways in which we get around and reasons for doing it.
As the sun sets on the beginning days of spring, on Monday, March 12, 2012, University of Colorado freshman Cavan Koebel sets his board in motion for a final trick in front of Williams Village North on the CU campus. Koebel, from Miami, uses his skateboard for both recreation and travel; he spends much of his time skateboarding from place to place to do street art. Photographer: Gavin Griffin is a sophomore at CU and currently taking Advanced Photography within Journalism and Mass Communication.
Students gather on a windy day in February to wait for buses on Colorado Street on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus (left). A crowd of students floods into a Buff bus. Taken from the Duane Physics tower. Photographer: Elaine Cromie is a regular contributor to The Boulder Stand. A friend once told her, “You aren’t stuck in traffic. You are a part of the traffic.”
During a trip to El Salvador and Nicaragua last year, The Boulder Stand’s editor Brendon Bosworth spent many hours in buses, often trying to polish up his non-existent Spanish with anyone willing to listen to him. This shot captures passengers in the driver’s mirror on a relatively uncrowded ride between El Tunco and Puerto de La Libertad on El Salvador’s southwest coast. Photographer: Brendon Bosworth will be graduating in May with a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication in the research track. His research focuses on how vegans communicate about their lifestyle choices.
People were out in droves last weekend during the summer-like temperatures. What better way to enjoy the 70+ degree weather than by riding a cruiser around downtown Denver? Here, people make use of the Highland pedestrian in Denver. Photographer: Kre Reischel is a marketing professional with a love for climbing, traveling, and, more specifically, climbing while traveling.
An Edison ParkFast structure does good business on a Sunday morning in Manhattan; one of the drawbacks of driving a car is that once we get to where we’re going, we have to figure out what to do with what got us there. Bikes are much easier and cheaper to park in New York City than cars. Photographer: Boulder Stand multimedia editor Beth Bartel is a second-year master’s student in Journalism and Mass Communication and the teaching assistant for the photojournalism classes. She was in New York for the first time for a long weekend over spring break.
And join us next week as we explore the theme “water, coming and going.” We just made it through the driest March on record in Boulder; show us the importance of water. If you’d like to participate, send your shots to beth[at]theboulderstand.org. Please include the date the picture was taken, why the photograph is relevant to the theme, the location as specific as you’re able to give, the names of any prominent faces, and a short bio. Then check back here on Friday to see what makes it in.