A Lens' Look at the Midway Point

Besides clearing his plate at every meal, ordering extra biscuits, complaining about the lack of working windows or a disco car on the Southwest Chief, Kodiak has been pretty busy with his trusty Canon 5D. Check it.

This is Antonio. He was the man in charge of our realities for the duration of our ride on the Southwest Chief.

_ This looks posed and that's because it is_

8 year-old Rexie gets lost in the view as he trains his way to Inauguration Day

The Obama Express sparkling under a bright winter sun.

This is somewhere west of LA and east of Chicago.

No wireless here either.

For this view, Kodiak somehow climbed on to the roof as we sped through Iowa

_ An intimate look at our sleeping quarters upon arriving in Cubs country_

_ This is Chicago after dark when it is cold enough to freeze a dog to a fire hydrant_

The man, the myth, the photographer.

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These are great photos. They have a modern/contemporary aesthetic, while simultaneously capturing the iconography of the American landscape. I'm enjoying following your adventures!

anathea (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2009 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ah, the lure of the tracks! Keep it up -- blog often and long, and keep those great photos coming as well. From West to East coast, we who are not as lucky to be on such a grand adventure are living vicariously through yours...

snufbuf (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2009 at 4 p.m. (Suggest removal)

From Big Sur to Washington DC! We're proud of our Kodiak Greenwood, who by the way, is a tremendously gifted architectural photographer. But, he also gets those great shots that make you sit back and wonder: How WAS he so lucky to be there at the right time for the right energy?
Onwards and Upwards is the motto here for Obama's presidency. It can ONLY go upwards after this last debacle of a president.
Safe travels Ethan and Kodiak!
Toby, Big Sur

surtoby (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2009 at 6:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear Kodi and Ethan,
Thanks for taking us along. Put a word in for the long-neglected trains of this country. Love 'em. Always have. As a child, I wanted more than all else to be a train engineer or a conductor. Anything to ride the rails! I settled instead for 11 years in the air with TWA. Close in spirit, but no match for the rhythm and romance of rail travel. Rebuilding that era would assure Mr. Obama an even longer lasting legacy than the one he embarks on tomorrow. It's a vision, like Kennedy's Apollo project. See how much glorious empty space you're crossing? Wish we could occupy smaller communities so kids could grow up with more freedom, more hope, more space, instead of staying trapped in inner cities. Having room to grow expands horizons. I hope THAT hope is alive and aboard the Obama Express.

Big Sur and the Peninsula send love and wonderment to a favorite son. We'll never forget your work to stop the fire and keep Big Sur Valley green and intact--not to mention your photographic record of it. (Still hoping for only light, intermittent rains and no torrents!)

We'll keep an eye on your latest and best trailblazing to date. Cherish every moment of this historic adventure. It's one for your grandchildren. Thanks for the train ride. We're with you in spirit.

Blessings from your old teacher and friend,

anitaalan (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2009 at 5:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hi Ethan and Kodiak,
Josh shared your website with us at CCLCS- beautiful photos and I am very excited to have this chance to see the artistic side of an amazing time in history! I will be checking things out often- wonder if Kodiak is related to Greenwoods of Philadelphia? Thanks for sharing!

deborahgreenwood (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2009 at 6:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow! Amazing pictures Kodiak! It was really good meeting you guys in Chicago. Keep in touch!

JasonChicago (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2009 at 7:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That shot of young Rexie is pretty killer. The face of America zooming past...

OBJECTIVE (anonymous profile)
January 20, 2009 at 11:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great pictures Kodiak! I think you guys should put together a book.

Gaijin (anonymous profile)
January 20, 2009 at 1:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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