The crisis in Japan is certainly bringing the debate of nuclear energy to the forefront of everyone’s mind. I’ve been thinking hard about my project Light After Dark and the time spent photographing within metres of Britain’s fleet of nuclear Power Stations. With the UK on the verge of renewing its nuclear fleet I hope the discussion remains diplomatic rather than sensationalist.
With regret I must report that my beloved 1993 Toyota Hi-Lux (a.k.a. The Monster) was stolen from outside my flat in Bethnal Green last night. Painful to comprehend that all the hard-work building the bed, heater, stove and electricity systems are succumbing to a blow-torch in the Docklands before being shipped in pieces to West Africa. All of the best and most remote locations from my Scotland project were accessed and made homely thanks to her even in 2 foot of snow. 70 mph on the motorway was admittedly scary but trusting the engine would start first-turn in -25C and get back to civilization after a night of photography was amazing. The monster will be missed but will be replaced by something just as good (with an immobiliser).
Finally back in the UK after what has been a really intense 4 months behind the camera. The first draft of editing from China is complete and now I turn to penning the supporting text. Plenty of exciting things to keep me busy in the next few months on home soil. Rejigging the front-end of this website and an exciting new Roof Unit in Bethnal Green just for starters. Although I won’t be forgetting my experience in China anytime soon. This Tibetan motor-bike messenger was spotted at 4300m above sea-level on a sheet ice road at -25C.
2011 started briskly with another flight to Asia and 5 locations to cover before the end of the month. India is hot on the heels of China with regards to industrial development and this felt very evident from a 165m up a still setting chimney. Over 8000 labourers are striving to bring this coal-fired power station into service before the end of the year. The atmosphere, colours and passion of India is so very different from the steely, relentless possibly unsustainable growth of China and I can’t help but feel this power-house of Asia is about to surface from a media shadow.
Back in the my hometown of Lincoln and enjoying a break with family before 2011 gets rolling. I have started editing the China work but am already looking toward the next leg of the project. Continuing the theme of energy growth and development in Asia; I will be working in Hong Kong and India throughout January. Having spent 4 days in HK this year I am equally excited about this as I am getting to grips with the colour, diversity and sites in India for the first time.
I’m blogging blind by e-mail, I can’t see my own web-site nor any of the news-feeds I’m used to. I suddenly find myself in China, Qian’an in Inner Mongolia to be precise. I am at my second location on a 2 month personal project covering 8 different types of Power Generation Technology; Biomass, Wind, Super-Critical Coal, Hydro, Nuclear, Coal, Natural Gas and finally Solar. After 5 days I am almost lost for words as I plot the narrative seam through what is a complete visual, political, cultural and language shock. So excuse the radio silence until 2011 with what I have a hunch will be a very juicy project.
As part of The Renewables Project shot earlier this year I spent time looking at the Wind Farms across Central Scotland. With thanks to Scottish and Southern and Siemens I had the opportunity to accompany 2 engineers, Jason Smith and Ross Kennedy on routine inspection at Drumderg in Perthshire.
This image was released in Live Magazine this weekend and I will be releasing a larger edit of the narrative later in the year.