Power lines

I have long been intrigued by just how much our use of power, and in particular electricity, has imposed its own architecture on the landscape. A National Grid of pylons striding across my local Fens, or huge French nuclear plants puffing out clouds of steam rising like giant smoke signals above the valleys of the Loire and the Rhône.

After the earthquake that destroyed the Fukushima reactors and with an uncertain future facing oil production in the Middle East, there are a lot of questions that need answering about the way we produce and consume energy.

But for me, the interesting thing is how the visible manifestations of invisible power have come to dominate our world, and how entangled these power lines are with the transport networks that crisscross the landscape.