About the Book
From the introduction by Ted Benson:
David Styffe’s vision is direct and disarmingly simple. Combining a lifetime of insight with an acute sense of aesthetics, along with a highly developed sense of irony, Dave makes the most of his time in the field. Trains are welcome, but not required. Often, the railroad and its varied surroundings are simply the gateway to a larger canvas. In concert with such artists as David Plowden, the journey beyond the tracks has become a destination unto its own. In these moments, it doesn’t matter if the nearest train is in your face or 100 miles away.
From my Preface:
I’ve often joked about writing my autobiography (as if anyone would care to read that) with the title *It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time*. In some ways, this is my autobiography in pictures. These are the places I’ve been and the things that have caught my eye. Making these images did seem like a good idea at the time, just as sharing this collection does now. I hope you agree.
Was once described by the gallery owner who hosted my first exhibition as "A deeply disturbed Ansel Adams." Later he called me "The Most Dangerous Man in Photography" after an unfortunate incident involving a spilled bottle of Bass Pale Ale and his negative collection. He has been photographing trains and their environment for 40 years. In 1978, he co-authored the book Wheels Rolling—West with Ted Benson. He founded and operated Westrail Publications from 1978 to 1988, publishing the book Echoes Down the Canyon by Ted Benson in 1986. He also produced an acclaimed series of railroad calendars. He currently works in the Graphic Communications Department for the Rancho Santiago Community College District and lives in Fullerton, California with his wife Amy and their two grown children, Emily and John. He also has two older daughters, Melissa and Jennifer, and seven grandchildren.