Remnants of Steeltown

Rail Spikes

Rail Spikes

This abstract urban industrial shot comes from near the Kinnear Marshalling Yard of the Canadian Pacific Railway that runs through Blakeley. It’s a close up of a large pile of rusty spikes that are used to pin train track rails to railway ties.

In general, there are not a lot of industrial landscapes and portraits made in street and urban photography, and I think that’s a shame. This is an integral part of every city that should be told.

I really enjoy connecting Hamilton to its industrial roots by any connection whatsoever. Even more, I like connecting each neighbourhood to that specific aspect of the city’s past. Hamilton certainly recognizes that history; this place is still at a point in which it couldn’t shake it if it tried but I wouldn’t put the word “pride” on that acknowledgement. That’s too strong a word.

To me, it seems more socially acceptable now to steer away from the blue collar existence as though it’s somehow beneath upwardly mobile Hamiltonians. I’m sure that there are people in similar cities all around this world that could understand what I mean. Working with your hands is now viewed as a sign that you’re uneducated, and possibly don’t make enough money to be regarded as a member of the upper crust of society.

For me; however, I think the original labour force is one of the best aspects of Hamilton history. This city, in fact the nation, stands as a result of people who worked really hard with their hands here. There are other countries whose citizens worked just as hard at the same time and did not become first world nations. Canada has achieved something very special through salt of the earth efforts. How can this not be something to always be proud of?


2 thoughts on “Remnants of Steeltown

  1. Definitely something to be proud of! As for upward mobility in denial of blue-collar jobs, all that material “stuff” has to come from somewhere, infrastructure maintained etc etc. Places like Detroit would kill to have those factories humming again.

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