I was very lucky this day to have both spillways open at the Clyde Dam, completing the picture that I took. The almost triangular formation of large rocks in the foreground led the eye to the dam, turbine hall, and on this occasion, water whooshing from the spillways. It was quite a menacingly dark scene and I wanted to capture this quality with the flowing water being the tonal highlight.
Hydro Electric Collection
Clyde Dam and Rocks
I loved the curved forms in this scene and the details on the structure itself which the passing eye wouldn't notice. This is a beautiful structure and seeing the mass of water behind it makes you appreciate the amazing strength it has. Viewing the Waitaki Dam from this viewpoint was really something special, and only afforded to me due to the kindness of the station manager agreeing to show me around. I took four photos on this tour of Waitaki, and I felt very lucky to have been given the opportunity.
This scene has a rather bleak outlook which is softened by the mountains in the background. I wanted to capture the expanse of the dam which dwarfs the electrical station below it.
There was quite a hair-raising drive to and from this site, with at places a single lane with a steep drop away on the side. But it was worth it. The water inlet to the Falls Hydro station was a captivating sight, with water from the still lake transformed into downward flowing water into the inlet, directed by six concrete guides. The lake was extensive, and part of my process was to decide on how much to include in the composition.
Manapouri power station is reached by driving deep below the lake. The public can take a coach tour. It's an amazing feat to have constructed this facility so deep underground and I liked the fact that you could clearly see this was hewn from solid rock by the rock inserts in the room's walls. The room was lit by a series of electric lights which to my mind struggled to illuminate.
Manapouri Machine Floor
This industrial scene is a busy mix of linear forms and geometric shapes. I liked the ceiling and its wonderfully attractive lattice pattern. The foreground turbine is rather alien looking. For an industrial, functional facility, the high curved windows admitting natural light is an unexpected highlight.
Waitaki Building Interior
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