The later part of the 1800s saw the advent of consumerism along with the advancing distribution of civilization being driven by steam. Steam power propelled ideas and commerce ever westward – to St. Louis and all points beyond. These images represent technology long abandoned by the tides of progress, as relevant then as the internet is today. No longer were the far reaches of new lands inaccessible. The steam empire was growing and the world was shrinking. East to West in mere days, carried on the relentless rhythm of wheels of steel. The fall of the empire was as inevitable as its rise. Replaced by newer technologies, we have all but forgotten the debt owed to the ingenuity of this era of water, coal, iron and wood.
John Teer is a native of South Africa. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1998 and is proud to tell anyone who will listen that he loves America. John took up photography several years ago. Under the mentorship of photographer Robert Hansen, he feels like he has finally developed the competency to express himself through his photographs. John also enjoys listening to a wide array of music; cooking, especially for family and friends; riding his motorcycle on the windy roads of California; and traveling across the world, especially to great scuba diving spots. He is a technology geek who is addicted to his laptop and iPhone. John lives in Southern California with his wife, Suzanne, and his two sons, Alex and Josh.