Railway trestle bridge near Yarra Glen

A photorealist painting of an wooden trestle bridge

Photorealist painting - Railway Trestle Bridge Near Yarra Glen
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Painting photographs is always a challenge. When the source material is a printed object you have to consider the changes which take place in the printing process. The color gamut isn’t anything near what the human eye or camera can perceive. Then there is the resolution problem.

  • What do I do? I improvise. I take the information given and try and create something closer to the perception of what the human eye would receive.
  • The use of the camera in photorealism can aid or detract the artist. It’s up to us (photorealist painters) to ensure it is always just another tool.
  • I love this painting. It’s simpleand rather iconic for those that drove past the old railway line on the way to the town of Yarra Glen.


Dimensions: 15x30cm.
Painted: 2009.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

It is sold framed behind glass.
Availability: For sale $250.

The story behind Railway Trestle Bridge Near Yarra Glen

This painting is one of a series of small photorealist paintings of Yarra Glen. As you come into Yarra Glen from Lilydale, there are a few of these old railway trestle bridges left from the old Healesville railway line. This one, thankfully, wasn’t burnt down in the recent bushfires that devastated the area.

Like the other small paintings I did from around this time it is painted from a postcard.

Photorealist painting - Railway Trestle Bridge Near Yarra Glen - Source image
Photorealist painting – Railway Trestle Bridge Near Yarra Glen – Source image
Photorealist painting - Railway trestle bridge near Yarra Glen - Wall mockup
Photorealist painting – Railway trestle bridge near Yarra Glen – Wall mockup

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