THE BALANCE OF POWER
The Balance of Power is a formal photographic typology of Indian power lines made in 2013.
Typically speaking there is havoc on the terra firma in India, with living beings in myriad forms, every loud color under the sun, hustle and bustle, human gatherings and connections, and varied commerce. Life feels and looks frenetic; at least to the uninitiated.
Only a few meters up in the air, there is a conversely, different world.
There is tranquility, vast open air, and a pared-down harmony that the birds revel in. The power lines, housing electrical energy, are minimally packaged, stripped of color, and silent. The crazed, non-stop commotion on the ground is one form of energy, and the electrical power which races through power cables is yet another.
The jerry-rigged power grabs and man-made contrivances are the work of everyday Indians who have a keen knack for acquiring treasured resources such as electricity. The electrical power is being intentionally directed, manipulated, appropriated, shared, harnessed, and stolen. And by having access to basic power, people are leveling the playing field, if only on a minuscule scale.
With roughly 860 million people living beneath the poverty level, there is massive disparity between the ultra wealthy and the common man. Thus, while the vast monetary divide is rather set in stone in a country such as India, it is the common man who has figured out how to get his small slice of the electrical POWER supply.
- Greg Friedler