Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station

“It cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon-intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations. Let me be clear: this is not the future.”
Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/coal-power-stations-close/story-28207844-detail/story.html#vXqU1AeTlSLOJI78.99




Ratcliffe on Soar is a coal-fire power station, commissioned in 1968. It stands of junction 24 on the M1, dominating the landscape with its 8 power stations. Being the 18th highest Co2 emitting power station in Europe, it attracts many environmental protestors, causing criminal damage.

I went to the power station turning off the M1, which took me to the main entrance. From this angle, you are under the towers, meaning you can not get an image of the 8 towers. But it does present the sheer height and size of the towers, how the overwhelm the sky line. Due to the motorway system, it would’ve been difficult to get to another vantage point, without walking into private fields.

I stood beneath the towers at the south of this screenshot. I photographed the tower whilst travelling past, which didn’t give me any preparation time. Looking at this map, I could’ve followed one of the roads, towards the north of the screen shot from the roundabouts, which takes me to a road which seems to look straight on to the towers.







In my image you can see 6 of the 8 stations, which the impression of more from the bulk of smoke coming from the back of the frame. Although it doesn’t present them in a landscape, they overwhelm the frame, suggesting the size and pollution levels it puts out. The contrast against the clear blue sky is useful as it really draws your attention to the smoke. I increased the levels of the black to frame the stations, to concentrate on the line work of the towers, standing strong in the frame and leading your eyes right to the top.


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