Neighborhood and power lines

Power lines towering overhead
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I’m still working on my project to document my vinyl-village neighborhood, with an eye toward publishing a book with the photos.

I think this photo will make a perfect cover for the book! It says a great deal about this neighborhood.

High-voltage power lines cut through the neighborhood. I’ve made a lot of photos involving those lines and their towers lately, trying to show how in some parts of this neighborhood they dominate the view.

In other parts of the neighborhood, such as the part I live in, what dominates is the constant drone of vehicles on nearby I-65.

This neighborhood is a middle-class enclave in what is otherwise a wealthy town. These homes sell for well below Zionsville’s median home price. I suppose detractors such as these power lines and the Interstate is part of the reason why.

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single frame: Power lines towering overhead

A power-line tower dominates this neighborhood scene.


20 thoughts on “single frame: Power lines towering overhead

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Low prices probably due to EMF in the air. I possibly wouldn’t be buying a house that close to the power lines (unless that’s compression from the picture). I’ve seen places where people hold a florescent tube in the air and it glows! Since your body and mind run on electrical energy, no one knows what this would do or the long term effects. Time for your aluminum foil hat!

  2. Hi Jim, to use your phrase,, I too live in a “vinyl-village neighborhood”, except mine is cookie cutter. Documenting my neighbourhood would be like photographing blades of grass. Even the cars, actually compact utility vehicles (CUV) look the same.

    However, we are an upper “middle-class enclave in what is otherwise a super wealthy town”. There are no power lines to be seen. However, there are parts of New Jersey where it seems the neighbour was built to complement the power lines. I wouldn’t live near any power lines.

    • Thank you! I especially like how the grass turned out. I’d like to continue refining my scanning technique to bring out greater sharpness, though.

    • I’m not crazy about either task, but at least I have my development technique to a place where I get consistent results. Scanning isn’t awful, but it takes way too much time.

  3. tbm3fan says:

    Not a fan of cookie cutter neighborhoods of vinyl clad houses. Give me the older stucco bungalows in Berkeley or Oakland. Elsewhere I ‘ll take older neighborhoods with houses constructed from wood or brick. Out here our new developments use stucco painted in the same tan color block after block. Boring for one and none of them have a single square corner. My house in Concord in an older area of Concord where all houses look different and ours is brick and wood in the front under two Oaks and a Redwood.

    • I’m not either. We moved here because it made sense for a few key reasons not related to the vinyl siding. I look forward to moving out. But I will say this: this is the safest neighborhood I’ve ever lived in by far, and people keep their properties up. I haven’t always had those things when I’ve lived in the city in the older neighborhoods.

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