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Power Station & Playground, N.W. England

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 22 December 2007 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Following on from the theme of the last few days this is a photo of the cooling towers at Fiddler's Ferry Power Station which is on the banks of the River Mersey not far from Liverpool in North West England.

I found the contrast with the childs playground hard to take but compelling at the same time as I think there is something quite strange and ethereal about the whole scene....what do you think about it?

This idea was loosely 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

I'm travelling over the Christmas holiday period and will be away from an internet connection for a while so won't be able to return comments, although there's afew more days of photos pre-loaded.....I'll catch up with you all after the break but wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!


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NIKON D40 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

It's a beautiful image. Actually, quite extraordinary. Odd to see the contrast of the power plant and the playground.

22 Dec 2007 6:24am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very peaceful foreground with the powerful background - great image

22 Dec 2007 9:04am

the4thversion from Portsmouth, United Kingdom

I can see the Michael Kenna influence in these shots, and your own style too.
This shot is nicely handled, its well exposed / edited and it doesn't feel too preachy. It lets your own feelings do the talking.

22 Dec 2007 9:48am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

It's surreal such a wonderful feeling! and yeah, all you LOL Have a wonderful Christmas Ian :)

22 Dec 2007 10:42am

Rhys from Darlington, United Kingdom

there is something disturbing, but at the same time the 2 items of content (Power station + playground) are just real life. there is a contrast, but power station worker's kids have to play somewhere even if it is in the shadows of chemical smoke- that's probably the disturbing element.

22 Dec 2007 11:23am

Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

brilliant juxtaposition here ian. a great snapshot of everyday life.

22 Dec 2007 12:58pm

Levine from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I like this picture. A power station and a playground, it tells you something. Plus the empty playground with the smoke in the background, it tells me a story. Very well done.

22 Dec 2007 1:15pm

Photo Snapshots from Stockholm, Sweden

That's a very nice shot. It makes you start thinking. I like to colors in the playground that pops out a bit.

22 Dec 2007 6:27pm

1/125 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)