Didcot power station - a blot on the landscape?

May 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

For those that live around the Oxfordshire area, you will be well aware of the effect of the Didcot power station on the landscape, it's something that has been with us now for many years, and local residents have mixed views about its presence.

For me personally though, I have 2 views, mainly because my view of the power station has changed recently with the downgrading and switching off of the power station.

Last year while out around Didcot I took this picture, which to me epitomised what the power station was, this was a night shot, but it captured the cooling towers in their full glory, what this showed to me was that although there is a general view that the power station was ugly, in my view it was providing a valuable service to the grid and therefore the production of power outweighed the look of the power station and it almost gave it an eerie and attractive look.

Didcot Poer Station Cooling Towers at Night

 Camera Lens ISO  Aperture  Focal Length  Exposure 
Canon EOS 60D EF-S 18-55mm 3200  f/4 18mm  1.0s 
 

However now that the power station is non functional, my view is that it really is a blot on the landscape as it serves no purpose, I recently took this photo of a landscape from the top of Wittenham clumps, there is a great view of the power station from tree, but all it looks like to me know is what (in my mind) it is, and that is nothing more that a pile of concrete on the landscape with no function other than a reminder of how we used to generate power using the coal based power stations.

This Picture shows the whole power station rather than just the cooling towers, but it does show just how much of the landscape was taken by the development.

 
 
Did power Station from Wittenham Clumps
 
 
 Camera Lens ISO  Aperture  Focal Length  Exposure 
Canon EOS 60D Sigma 70-200mm  100  f/32 76mm  1/13s 

 


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