I have no answer to this question when it comes to wind turbines. They have a stark beauty that we are not supposed to admire but I’ll let you into a guilty secret – I do. There I’ve said it – I like wind turbines – but only the really big ones which I feel are proportionally are the most pleasing. I’m sure if I lived next to them I might have a different view but actually I don’t think I would.
Where I live I am surrounded by wind turbines – not on the scale of the southern Scottish hills on the way into Glasgow but within a 15 Km radius of me there must be 10 or 12 turbines – any many of these are the really big ones – which leads me to the Four Horseman of Apocalypse at Gilmorton – my name for the giants that seem to straddle the hills just to the south of me. They seem to dominate the whole of the south of the county slowly winding their lives away yet when you are close to them you loose all sense of their scale. So just how do you make an image of such things?
The two examples here I think demonstrates the point. The images I made this morning out at Gilmorton where captured in very flat and unsympathetic light. Compare this to the image I captured one VERY cold late autumn evening on Redcar beach. The light was crisp and a live and some how the monsters don’t seem that bad. It also helps that the beasts are about a mile out to see but this again shows one of the big problems with all this – is a sense of scale really important. Oh I just don’t know.
So the point of all this is? I guess I just have to work the problem until I come with some form of a solution – that is assuming that there is a solution and it is not a kobayashi maru.