When this week’s Sunday Stills appeared in my Reader this morning, I had to laugh. Accompanying the handsome photograph of power lines striding out across seemingly endless ploughed fields, the challenger proposed we might like to submit intentionally shot power lines, or photographs ruined by power lines – noting that as bloggers, we probably all had both. I can attest, that as a blogger, I have intentionally shot a scene ruined by power poles and lines, and since it’s cold and I can’t seem to sit still long enough to concentrate on the wordy post I’ve been working on, I quickly dashed to my Farewell II file to find my power line shots.
Captured in colour, I’ve converted them to monotone to emphasise the proud and optimistic story of moving the power out of the Kaleniya River hydro stations around Laxapana and Maskeliya, and also the unsightly veil they threw across nature’s grandeur. I also include my final capture from that trip: a street in Galle where the power lines seem to be draped like garlands. Perhaps one day they will be made to look beautiful as well as utilitarian?