Story Behind: “Starry Night – Richmond”
Point Richmond is an isolated pocket of the bigger city of Richmond. It’s a railroad town that hosts the long-running Burlington Northern train yard and the Chevron refinery. Barely any sidewalks lead to this Richmond railroad town—which perhaps explain its isolation from the rest of the city. Other sections of the city brims with excitement and activity—this area remains serene and retains its small town vibe.
Among the railroad tracks strewn in the area, one in particular is unique. A locomotive hasn’t ran on this track since World War II, and it’s a very physical museum. People walk on it daily while staring at the sun falling behind the Mt. Tamalpais range in the distance, and hearing the noise of cars driving on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The track splits into a pair of two rail paths and both lead to a defunct pier, another relic of the city’s past. This area was once a bustling ferry port—now it’s a tranquil park for people to walk and relax. It’s a perfect spot to gaze at the day and night skies.
The idea for the astronomical background entered my imagination when driving through the area at night. The stars were clearly visible, along with a bright crescent moon. A few high clouds floated across the night sky and formed a colorful reflection from the open water bay below it all. I poured that scene into this image. Showing the universe at the edge of the background featuring railroad tracks leading straight into it. I also darkened the hue of the surrounding plants and shrubs, creating a nighttime effect (which was originally a daytime photograph).
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