I usually avoid man made features with outdoors photography, for aesthetic and ideological reasons. There are arguments where people say wind turbines are like beautiful sculpture. It’s impossible to counter another person’s insensitivity. It gets worse when they start referring to Romanticism and cultural constructions of beauty, whereby landscape is deemed an idea. It’s a utilitarian, flawed viewpoint divorced from ecology and sensory perceptions as if they don’t matter. You can hear wind turbines; I don’t wish to do so. There are reports of subsonic noise which is a further pollutant. Turbines rest on a concrete base which has no place on a Welsh or Scottish hillside. The electricity they produce will probably have further damaging effects like dilute radiation. Probably of no consequence because nature adapts, but part of the picture nonetheless. It will likely disrupt the sensitivity animals and birds have which is the basis for their behavior. There are reports confirming that which is not so much obvious, as intuitive, whereby cell phones are bad for health.

It’s dumb to speak in terms of sculpture and ignorant to suggest perceptions of nature rest on ideas. Dumb, not because those points are invalid as such, but because they are partial and isolated from the wider picture. Such people then start wittering on about wilderness, questioning its meaning and existence. Nowhere is wild, they say, which means conservation programmes are flawed and themselves invade nature. That is further intellectualising, avoiding the issues. It’s like (so called) politics and why I dislike those arguments too: when you’re looking at intelligence and lack of intelligence played out in terms of tribal competition ritual. The world seems to operate in terms of two forces. Force A fights force B, force B fights force A, both of them blind to the possibility of C which reconciles. People like to fight not reason, identifying with opposites. At work I complained about situation A. Someone said I have evidence for contrary situation B. He was incapable of acknowledging both which required a new level of thinking. That’s some considerable distance from inherent meaning in this photograph and yet not so in regard to my initial topic. Here’s a subtitle: Man and Nature.

 

Mersey Valley Rainbow

Tuesday January 6, 2015