Prior to Wednesday 13 May, when I was still doing my once-a-day exercise, I was still walking or cycling the same routes as I had the previous few weeks of the UK Lockdown. And, always attempting to see something new in the landscape to photograph – to offset that Groundhog Day feeling – I happened to see these chaps working on the pylons that pass through the Breamish Valley.
They were fitting anti-climbing devices, with barbed-wire attached, to each foot of each pylon. It never occurred to me that anyone would actually want to climb a pylon. Or are we expecting a large increase in dangerous sports when we’re all eventually released from Lockdown?
Whether you love them or hate them, since their inception as part of the Central Electricity Board’s national gridiron in 1928, pylons in some shape or form have continued to provide us with the electricity we now rely on daily to meet our work, daily living and leisure needs. The images on this page are of the pylon between Branton and Glanton, photographed from the Branton side.