Steve Thornton  
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"Stazione Centrale" (Central Station) is the main international train station in the heart of Milan, to me it is a stunning architectural structure and is a juxtaposition in that it is mostly masculine in showing massive strength but parts of it are feminine in the curves and arches of it's steel skeleton.

Since I first saw the station in 1985, when I lived in Como, Italy, I was in awe of the size and beauty of this edifice. Most of the people who live in Milan who grew up seeing this station hardly give it a second look and every time I pass by I enjoy looking at it. I have shot the station on & off for years, first in 1985. On my trip in June I set out to shoot the station in earnest. About 20 minutes into my photo safari I was stopped by an official saying I had to get permission. "From whom", I asked & the reply was the police. So I went to the police and they said no, you need to go to customer service who said no you must go the station office who said no you must ask Rome. So I sent off an e-mail to Rome without any reply, all 6 of them went unacknowledged. On my last day in Milan in October, it was a cold, wet, dark, foggy, miserable Sunday and I decided I was going to shoot again at the station. I grabbed one camera with one lens, I added a neck strap, something I almost never use, left the tripod & camera bag at home & went to the station. I shot for 3 hours just walking around shooting photos looking like some cowboy tourist. Nobody said "No" this time and 1100+ photos later I went home, finished packing & left the next morning for Atlanta.

Most of my work is in color, and initially I was going to show this in color with a blue tint as it was when I shot most of these images. But as I worked on the first image I decided to see what it would look like in B&W. I liked most of the images much better in B&W than the color images. Some of the exterior images, to me, are impressive in color & B&W so I used both. If you go to the still images I have included other images not seen here plus, on some of the exterior images, both the color & B&W versions.

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