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Stunning Industrial Photography: Ethan Miller

Laurie says:

Fine industrial photography always impresses me. I appreciate the aesthetics of a well designed machine and the structural forms lend themselves to work that can have an abstract quality I particularly like.

It’s not a subject matter that crops up a often in my work. But when I was in Iceland I had the opportunity, very contingently, to photograph the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station. I only had about 45 minutes in the rain because it turned out I wasn’t supposed to be there at all. I was happy with the images I got like the one below.


I saw these photographs by Ethan Miller of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in this post on In Focus by Allan Taylor on the Atlantic website.

The three solar thermal power plants that make up the 4,000 acre Ivanpah SEGS near Primm, Nevada, on February 20, 2014. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In California’s Mojave Desert, about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas (Google map), lies a five-square-mile solar thermal power project called the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS). The $2.2 billion facility consists of three power plants, each with a 40-story tower surrounded by thousands of sun-following mirrors called heliostats. The mirrors focus sunlight onto boilers atop the towers, creating steam, which drives turbines that generate enough electricity to power 140,000 California homes. The facility, owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy formally opened on February 17 and has a capacity of 392 megawatts. Getty Images photographer Ethan Miller made several trips to Ivanpah recently, returning with these great shots of the massive power plant, now up and running.

A heliostat with two mirrors reflects other heliostats at the Ivanpah SEGS, on February 27, 2014. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

An aerial view of a solar receiver and boiler atop a tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

There are 18 of his photos – check them all out!

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