20+ photos of electric utilities

The sunrise to the ease silhouettes this row of electrical poles and power lines near Fairfield, Montana. → Buy a Print

When I first began photographing the eastern Montana plains I found it difficult at times to punctuate an image with something in the foreground. An amazing sky, for example, might present itself in front of me, and given the vastness and emptiness of the eastern Montana plains I would have difficulty finding something...anything...to stick in the foreground to help provide scale and depth, or just to make the photograph more interesting. Often times the only object I could find was a row of electrical poles or telephone poles.

Electrical power lines are often the scourge of photographers. All too often these above ground structure clutter and little a photograph. I too find myself wanting to or needing to remove an errant power line or telephone pole from a photograph because it detracts from the image. Switzerland is one place where governments, for the most part, require electrical utilities to bury their power and telephone lines underground. From a photographic standpoint, that is a dream. Although I bet the cost of utilities there is much higher.

Sooner or later along the way I decided to stop trying ignore power lines and instead chose to embrace them. They aren't the most beautiful man-made structures to grace the planet, but they can provide an interesting subject to grace my Montana photography from time-to-time. Whether it is a flock of birds sitting on a wire or a row of power lines that vanish over a horizon, they're just another subject to photograph, especially when they catch my eye.

Hopefully a electrical company some day notices them and wants to license them for a calendar or website. Until that happens I'll keep shooting them and hope I find the perfect shot.

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