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Vinyl Village preview: High-voltage power lines

High-voltage power lines pass through this vinyl village, dividing the neighborhood roughly down its middle. You have to be in one of the far corners of the neighborhood not to be able to see them.

Photographs like these are in my new book, Vinyl Village, which takes a look at this neighborhood as typical of the American suburban subdivision. It looks behind the beauty as well. I’ll share some preview photos of the not-so-beautiful parts of this neighborhood over the next few days.

Meanwhile, click here to learn more and to get your copy of Vinyl Village.

Power lines
Under the lines
Power lines
Bike and power lines

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21 thoughts on “Vinyl Village preview: High-voltage power lines

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    I’ve always wondered why people would build that close to power lines when EMF is such an obvious concern for many. They must have gotten the land much cheaper than the going rate, and the people who buy there must not be educated on the concerns? We’ve been talking about how the quality and design of the housing would be an obvious turn-off, this power line adjacency would be an obvious elimination before I even saw the house!

    • People make the tradeoff — inexpensive way to get the kids into Z. schools, but there are power lines through the neighborhood. But without those power lines many people can’t afford to live in Z.

  2. Neal Wellons says:

    I got the book yesterday and was quite pleased. I was first concerned by the paper quality but after looking through the book, it is appropriate and the photos are easy to view.

    The photo selection was perfect for the wonderful narrative. I really enjoyed it and thanks for all the work you did in putting it together.

  3. When I worked at a mental hospital, this family signed in their son because he believed high-wire transmission poles were dangerous. Maybe they were. I asked his psych doctor about this. He said the patient cut the wires going into his family home!

    • Andy Umbo says:

      Your body is bio-electrical. If you’ve seen those videos of people standing under high tension wires like those, holding florescent tubes that are lighting on their own from electricity in the air (check Youtube), you think: “…well, that can’t be good…”.

      • Delivery is announced for Tuesday next week, so let’s see.

        As I’m a bloody amteur, I don’t have any glue about publishing photo books etc. and I guess at the end it is all about how to get a balance between cost and quality – where I don’t know if Amazon Kindle Publishing offers photo quality paper. Nevertheless I find it pretty cool that you create a photo book and I can order it here in Good Old Germany without the need of a carbondioxide generating transport.

        IMHO, when people buy photo books from the masters and are willing to pay 50 to 100 bucks, they get a large size photo paper quality and one can calculate the per picture price (not the cost however).

        I see this as a learning curve – if you don’t try it, how do you want to rate it.

        So, keep on rockin’ – I’m curious :)

        • You understand perfectly – this was an experiment to see if I could get acceptable print quality for a low price.

          Several readers have let me know that the print quality isn’t acceptable to them, and they’d happily pay more for higher quality.

          I can try a higher quality of paper next time at Amazon and see what happens.

        • I guess the pictures are worth it.

          The content is really cool and it shows what one can notice even in one’s own neighborhood when having eyes open.

          As I know some of the pictures online, the rasterized black ink printing gives no justice to them.

        • That is entirely fair feedback. I’ve gotten it from a few others. Let’s just say that this experiment taught me a lot. I wonder if I should reprint the book on the 100GSM paper with color ink.

        • I’ve not done it so far because I’d have to re-make the cover (the spine would be thicker) and that takes time I don’t have right now. But the 10% or so of people who tell me they are disappointed in the quality of the printing are very vocal about it. That tells me that others are disappointed too, but haven’t said anything. Perhaps in the new year I can find time for it — perhaps I can offer people a swap for the updated book at a low cost.

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