So what do tractors and a never completed nuclear power station have in common? Well nothing really…except in the case of a small station somewhere in the volunteer state, better known as Tennessee. The power station was one of many that were planned by the TVA through the 1970s to bring clean, efficiant power to the southern United States. Of course as a student of history there were several accidents in the 1980s that really turned the world view on nuclear power in a negitive light. Chernobyl in the former USSR and the Three Mile Island incident in the United States.
Then there was the rising costs of construction of the power stations so by the late 1980s construction was halted on stations across Tennessee and Washington states. All these stations were simply concrete shells, no reactors, no fuel ever brought on site. We could soak up more radiation sunbathing than wandering around the never completed station. And so the shells were left to rot under the harsh glare of the southern sun. And it was under such a sun that we treked our way along a quiet industrial road. And this is the view that we got.
After a bit of a scare getting out, we managed to get back to our cars and retired back to Johnson City for a meal! So why Tractors, well it’s been a common practice ot give these locations different names, and while we were there, we found a couple old tractors on site, and gave the site a new name, Government Tractors.
The first of many posts about the amazing mid-summer meetup I attended in northern Michigan. The event is called Photostock and hosted/organized by world renowned photographer Bill Schwab, who despite his world renownedness is a really cool down to earth humble guy who just wants to get other photographers inspired.
And inspire me it did, to get back into the chemicals and restart developing my own black and white film, and to print…printing will come later, but I did find a place nearby that has rentable darkrooms so I will be printing again soon!
But anyways, first, more Photostock. The event is held in the little village of Harbor Springs along the famous ‘Tunnel of Trees’ heritage route, or rather M-119. A harbor community on Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. Quaint 19th century downtown, and epic sunsets.
Often I will use this blog as a forum for my own photography, but today, today is special as I will feature the photos of others. Today is June 6th, and what sets today out from the other days in this case. Because on June 6th, 1944 saw the start of the end, today is D-Day. Europe was a fortress at this point, the Nazi regieme had rolled over the entire place annexing and occupying territories, and terrorizing the world. But 6:30am, June 6th, 1944 saw the start of the end, Operation Overlord was the hammer that would smash open Fortress Europe.
So today, I feature the photo of an unknown photographer, a soldier maybe, or a civilian who snapped this shot of Canadian troops heading into landing craft.
Photo: Troops of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada going aboard an L.C.I.(L) at dawn. 9 June 1944. Southampton, England
(Library & Archives Canada; PA-129059)