Life – trees, with heads bowed –  trudges away beneath the gaze of all-conquering, all-demanding, all-consuming technology.

On the Wiltshire-South Gloucestershire border – doesn’t that have something of a ring to it?  Maybe it does, but the underlying theme here is more serious.  And yet where does the power come from to capture this image and create this blog post, and who amongst us wants to live without electricity?

The context for these Outlands photos can be found here, and there are other Outlands images 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto this image to open a larger version in a separate window, and then click onto the enlarged image for yet more magnification.

Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Strong Infrared High Contrast preset; 7 Dec 2016.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Alen Skaria says:

    Nice 😍👌👌👌


  2. Meanderer says:

    The pylon’s wires look almost elegant, don’t they? Striking image – especially in mono.


  3. LensScaper says:

    To my eye there are three elements to this image. The geometry of the pylon, the outlined trees and those sweeping lines that flow through the picture and create the harmony. At the heart of the intrusion – there is something subtle and graceful, and yes – beauty.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      That’s an interesting analysis, Andy, I have not thought at all about the sweeping lines, nor of the beauty at the heart of the intrusion – those are intriguing insights – thank you! Adrian


  4. bluebrightly says:

    Oh I don’t know, I’d like to think it’s more of a draw – after all, our eyes are drawn as much to the trees, and they have power of their own, with all the life they support. Very nice image.


  5. Metal trees. Some of my favorites. ❤ ATP ❤


  6. paula graham says:

    Super photo and yes, we Now NEED the power we have, would hate to be without internet…so important to me.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      It would be good to have renewable power sources, but how so you feel about atomic power? I suppose the bottom line is that since we need power, we have got to get it from somewhere. I’ve forgotten the details, but I think the Holy Grail here is the economic extraction of hydrogen from water.


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