Back To The Pylons (And No It’s Not Odd To Photograph Them)

Back in mid January i posted a blog Is It Odd To Photograph Pylons?
Part of my reason for taking the photos was due to the absurdity of peoples complaints against wind turbines, mostly that they can see them, though of course people claim they’re noisy, cause a flicker effect, kill birds, and most bizarre of all, that they scare people.

Since my last pylon blog i’ve still not had the opportunity to get really close up to a wind farm to get really decent photos. This perhaps goes to show how few there are compared to the several million pylons we have strutting around the countryside. I have however seen several applications for wind turbines struggle to get through planning. The most ridiculous being a relatively small turbine at a new library on a park. I think the size would have only been about 10m, or 15m at the very most. It would have helped generate energy for the new library and so helped keep costs down in the long term. The main objectors were a local bowls club, and their biggest objection was that the blades “whizzing” round would put of people playing bowls, and would also make people feel they could get hit by the blades. I can only assume they might fear getting their heads cut off like a rambling group once claimed.
Of course, cars coming and going in the car park, other players moving about, and even the wind in the trees would probably cause more disruption to their concentration than the slow moving blades of a fairly small wind turbine. Never the less, the turbine plan was shelved due to time constraints, so the loonies won!

Although i’ve not been able to photograph turbines, i did see some on a recent visit to Kent, but could only get to within about 400-500 metres of them, and just couldn’t find a place to get a decent photo……
I did however notice that i couldn’t hear them, saw no flicker effect, and they certainly looked far too high to cut off a persons head!

The area was also near to the Dungeness nuclear power station, so of course, there were a very large number of pylons marching across the countryside, and it’s always easy to get near to pylons, so photos had to be taken…….


Strictly speaking i guess these aren't actually pylons. They do come from pylons (seen in the distance) that come direct from the nuclear power station at Dungeness, so they are at least a part of the system. On the horizon to the right hand side of the photo you can just see the wind turbines.....


A fairly classic type photo looking through from one pylon to another...


Although they look symetrical, it's almost impossible to get a truly symetrical photo of a pylon. There always seems to be something that doesn't quite line up!


Another classic style pylon photograph.


A slightly more unusual view looking up a pylon.

After a lot of comments on my previous post, i thing the general view was that it’s not odd to photograph pylons, especially when done in an arty way.


About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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