It’s take me three years to write and bucket-loads of sweat and tears but it’s finally gone online at amazon! The first book I did (Ghost Road) was born so easily compared to this one. They do say that your second of anything is the true test. Anyway I’m really proud of it so I hope those of you who decide to give it a try enjoy it. This one is a psychological thriller and is (I hope) pretty suspenseful. It also has an important sub text but who bothers with that sort of stuff? The two main characters are Georgina Barnes who is a consultant psychiatrist in a hospital and Redman who is a detective inspector suffering a psychotic episode. A patient on the same ward dies and Redman’s cop instincts tell him that it was murder but no-one believes him. Order it from amazon and find out who the true Mr. Mad is. You know it makes sense.
Everyone hates pylons except me. I can see what people mean; pylons could be seen to ruin the look of natural landscapes with their aggressive points and angles. To me though, they often look really striking especially when you can see a long line of them.
The term ‘pylon’ comes from the basic shape of the structure, obelisk-like and tapering toward the top, and is mostly used in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe in everyday speech. The word is used infrequently in the United States, as the word it’s more commonly used for other things, mostly for traffic cones. It is the Greek term for a monumental gateway of an Egyptian temple consisting of two tapering towers joined by a less elevated section which enclosed the entrance between them. In ancient Egyptian theology, the pylon mirrored the hieroglyph for ‘horizon’, which was a depiction of two hills between which the sun rose and set. Pylons played a critical role in the symbolic architecture of a cult building associated with a place of recreation and rebirth. These days they just carry power lines so we can all put the kettle on for a Pot Noodle.
Because you mostly tend to be photographing them from the ground against a background of sky, they offer stark contrast between the black, straight, man-made, industrial shapes of the pylon and the smooth, rolling, flowing, natural presence of the sky. Black v. white, straight v. flowing, sharp v. soft, Man v. Nature. Contrast is always needed in photography. And life.