Pylons may not be your first choice when thinking of an aethetically pleasing subject to take photographs of. However as the pictures on this page prove, they certainly have something about them that not only draws the eye but also becomes quite sculptural in nature.
I must admit to always being drawn to taking pictures of these structures whenever I come across them.
I think it must have something to do with their over bearing presence on the landscape and despite their apparent ugliness their ability to blend and even compliment the environment around them.
These pictures and the ones highlighted in the slide show all illustrate how Pylons can be a great subject and can make absolutely stunning pictures with a little help from some photography art skills.
This photograph taken by myself reminded me very much of gunslingers standing in readiness to go for their guns, mean and menacing and striding forward across the landscape.
I added a blue tint to the image to add an energy glow, to increase the overall affect of a show down at dusk.
I left the strip of green grass at the bottom of the picture and saturated the colour because I liked the way the horizontal line it produced contrasted and echoed the horizontals of the outstretched arms, giving it balance and a little 'zing'.
I really liked this next picture by Lee Jordan, it illustrates nicely how you can soften the often harsh outline of these structures by not making them the main focus of the photograph while still maintaining their essential shape and structure.
The soft focus of the background allows the vibrant yellow of the flowers to temporarily distract the eye before you refocus on the dark outline of the imposing pylon behind.
The simplicity and the richness of colour of this image by Tim Snell caught my eye immediately.
A rather rich evening sky provides a perfect background to the looming structure, which feels as if it is about to bend down and scoop you up due to the angle of the shot.
The picture also has a texture that adds to the richness and the simplicity of the photograph.
This to me is definitely what photography art is all about when capturing the urban environment. A strong image produced with a creative eye creating impact and form.
Couldn't you just melt into this last picture here that I have chosen to highlight the many guises Pylons can take. It was taken by someone who goes by the handle of Poagao.
Look at the great way they have captured the fading evening light, which has emphasised the dark forms of these two structures slightly different in shape to the normal style.
The soft bright central light makes the photograph glow and come to life and draws the eye to the middle, before you either look up and get drawn along the cables to the mountains in the distance, or downward to the rippling reflections in the water.
A great mix of urban photography with a hint of nature encompassed by the mountains, water and single bird floating on the water almost disappearing into the gloom.