Power Lines – 190/365

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t see as many power lines as I used to. Maybe I’m just not noticing them, maybe they’ve gone somewhere else!

I actually did a bit of digging on this, and it seems power lines are more and more frequently being laid underground, that explains why I don’t notice them as much as I used to.

Anyway, there are some I notice on the way to Livvy’s school when I walk her in, that run across a big field.

Now, like them or not (and I guess most people don’t seen as we are now burying them underground, which is more costly than running them overhead) I do think they have a certain aesthetic quality.

Actually, because they are fading into our history, they kind of hold a little bit more intrigue, for me anyway.

I know there are all sorts of reported health issues associated with them, and I’ve seen numbers quoted like 700feet as a safe distance to live from them. However, if you think about it, if we’re burying them I doubt very much they’d be buried 700feet down, so are we removing the visual “problem” and replacing it with a more hidden risk?

I don’t know, but I know our modern society literally runs on electricity, so power cables are here to stay, whether we see them or not.

Aside from that, they’re pretty neat to try and photograph; lots of lines, lots of symmetry and big imposing shapes on the landscape.

Learnings – the most mundane of things, and even things most people think are eye sores, can make for an interesting little photographic study.


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