Self-taught photographer Christina Hudson is a Pittsburgher by birth but has spent most of her life in Athens, the capital city of Greece. Christina earned her BA in English Language and Literature and has worked as a teacher and an editor.
Line 1 is a series documenting the Greek electric railway line number 1 that first opened in 1869. Today, it connects the working port of Pireaus with the center of Athens and, at the other end, with the leafy northern suburb of Kifissia.
“I have been riding this line since I was a little girl and, possibly because it runs mostly above ground through a variety of urban environments, I have always enjoyed the ride. As late as the 1990s, some of the cars still had dark blue leather seats and wooden paneling. I have ridden this train with my parents, grandparents, friends, lovers and now my young son. It has taken me to concerts and doctors’ appointments, to work and to the ferry boats, to bars and to shops. I never tire of looking out the window or at the faces of the other passengers going about their daily lives, as so many have done before.
We all need tools to help us navigate this world. In many ways, photography is my GPS. It shows me where I have been, where I am and where I want to go. Sometimes the world is too much for me and the camera helps me to keep it at a safe distance. At other times, the camera prods me to get closer, to linger and appreciate this life in all its strange beauty.
Photography helps me map out the world and my life and make sense of it all in its wonderful weirdness, in the pain and joy it brings, the confusion and the noise, the ordinary and the extraordinary moments, which are sometimes hard to tell apart.”
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All images copyright Christina T. Hudson.