Sunday, April 5, 2009

Visual Contradictions


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Industry has to be somewhere, but the mind usually pictures it clustered around polluted rivers, or in areas sterilised by contamination. Thus the contradiction of this steam-belching installation (nuclear power station, perhaps?) surrounded by the rich greens of the English countryside. Somewhere in the Midlands, this frame was captured from the window of an express on the line between London and York in November, 2007. The eye is on one hand soothed by the farmland all around, yet offended by the ugly organic shapes of the cooling towers and their endless belch of steam that contributes to the overcast. Enhancements include sharpening, contrast and colour saturation. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic exposure, high-end optical zoom. Image by Mike.

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