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The Power Station

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 December 2007 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

This is a photo from a couple of weeks ago of the cooling towers at Eggborough Power Station in Yorkshire, England.

It's inspired by the work of the famous English Photographer Michael Kenna and the series of images that he took of Ratcliffe Power Station between 1984 and 2003 : Michael Kenna

The link was originally given to me by momo who is a very talented Graphic Designer living in the south of's his AM3 address......momo at AM3

There's a different photo tomorrow of Drax Power Station.

It's a little off beat but if you've seen the Japanese animated film 'Howl's Moving Castle' directed by Hayao Miyazaki - these power stations reminded me a liitle of that imagery....I half expected the power station to suddenly rise up and march off across the plain like Howl's castle :-)


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Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

i really like how youve handled the processing here. the framing also works really well

20 Dec 2007 5:49am

@Nick Passantino: Thanks Nick! - thats a big compliment coming from you. I've been getting encouragement from a fellow contributor to a forum on DPReview (a guy called John Leech) to think of post processing as a way of saying what I feel about a photo and this is one of my fist tries after being shown an example by John of the kinds of things that he does. Here's his Flickr site if you want to stop by and say hi from me!...Leechy at flickr

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Very nicely done all around, Ian.

20 Dec 2007 6:05am

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you very much Michael !

El Jefe from Almeria, Spain

Goog picture and excellent photoblog. I´m sure I´ll come back again

20 Dec 2007 9:29am

@El Jefe: Thanks very much - I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

A couple of weeks ago? I though surely early 1940s, wonderful capture again. It's fantastic in B&W :)

20 Dec 2007 1:33pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

You've certainly made the best out of your sources of inspiration, Ian.

If you don't mind my being a little insolent, your latest photos also remind me of Burtynsky ( And not precisely the colors, but the general feel and overwhelming power.

(Miyazaki... You have such a good taste.)

20 Dec 2007 2:19pm

@Guillermina: Guillermina - thanks for the email warning me that your comment had probably been caught by the spam were right!

Also thanks are due for the very interesting link to Edward Burtynsky's photos....yet another photographer of whom I was profoundly ignorant :-).....if you see something in my photos that reminds you (even remotely) of his work then I am deeply surprised but very honoured.

Ahhhh Miyazaki.....Anyone who has ever seen his work could never forget it!

Dang from Marietta, United States

Excellent! Glad I ran across your gallery, fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

20 Dec 2007 3:21pm

@Dang: Thanks very much - glad you liked it!

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

great frame, strong subject!

20 Dec 2007 3:39pm

@Dimitrios: Thanks very much Dimitrios!

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent framing - presentation and tones - great work

20 Dec 2007 5:13pm

@yiannis krikis: Thanks Yiannis! - I can safely say that the bit I find frustrating is the post processing because I'm so poor at it but very, very, slowly I seem to be learning....its an uphill struggle though!

badala from Leiria, Portugal

Perfect to demonstrate the current day pollution.

20 Dec 2007 5:38pm

@badala: Well... its mostly water vapour that you can see, but its a coal fired power station so I guess there is a certain symbolism there isn't there.

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

really like this one and the post-processing

20 Dec 2007 7:36pm

@Pouhou: Hi Pouhou - I find post processing very difficult but I'm slowly learning!

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Gosh! I've missed so many of your posts! I've just taken a look back and...........Wow! they are outstanding Ian.

20 Dec 2007 8:51pm

@MaryB: Hi Mary - what a lovely thing to say....thanks very much!
The new camera has made a big difference I think - well at least I feel a lot more confident and maybe it's that as well.

Momo from Montpellier, France

This one is just ethereal and kinda spooky in an end of the world kind of a dream image...magic...great work Ian...

21 Dec 2007 11:37am

@Momo: Hi Momo - thanks very much! - If you haven't already seen it, go and buy the dvd for 'Howl's Moving Castle' which is a Japanese animated film....I'm pretty sure you'd love the imagery.

Ian from adelaide, Australia

Love the tones in this - Very nice!

21 Dec 2007 12:01pm

@Ian: Thanks very much Ian!

1/80 second
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)