Eerie Photos of Power Plants Show Dark, Coal-Dependent Future

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"A good photograph," Ansel Adams said, "is knowing where to stand." For photographer Michael Kenna, that has meant standing in front of icons of industrial society: The power stations that supply electricity to factories and homes, offices and shopping centers.

Though his eerie photos capture a sense of nostalgia, his subjects are completely contemporary.

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The Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire, England. Image credit: Michael Kenna