Welsh photographer Richard Lloyd Lewis was first attracted to water towers because of their “somewhat science-fictional design,” and because they are generally considered to be a blight on the landscape. His otherworldly photographs of the “alien” towers, taken across the United Kingdom, highlight the “strange and sublime” beauty of these “architectural anomalies,” the artist wrote in an email.
Far from the clinical gaze of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s celebrated photographic survey of industrial architecture, including water towers, Lloyd Lewis’ work is concerned with showcasing the bizarre but appealing aesthetics of these single-purpose industrial structures. The photographs were all taken at dusk, when the light colored towers contrast with the night sky, and are impossible to ignore. The effect is eerily lovely.