JAMEY STILLINGS | The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar

We are at a critical juncture in the evolution of our species. How we choose to live on Earth in the next few decades, with our ever-growing human population and consumption patterns, will determine not only our prospects for survival, but also the ultimate viability of the global ecosystem. Within this context, the development of renewable energy production is an essential component of any realistic long-term plan for success. Utility-scale projects manifest a positive shift away from a society dependent upon coal, petroleum, and nuclear power generation. Yet, such projects frequently raise challenging questions about land and resource use. Finding constructive resolutions to these questions is a crucial element in a successful path toward sustainability.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES on Renewable Energy Development is an aerial and ground based photographic examination of large-scale renewable energy projects in the American West with a long-term goal of expanding this work to a global study. Sponsored by the Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit organization, the photography project seeks to foster a clearer understanding of these energy projects and be a constructive pro-active voice for responsible energy development.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES builds upon work I began in 2010, The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar, an aerial survey of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System under construction in the Mojave Desert. When complete in late 2013, Ivanpah Solar will produce 392 megawatts of electricity, enough power for 140,000 American homes. The development of sustainable energy projects in the United States and around the world is in its infancy. By paying attention now, long-term photographic studies have contemporary value and will provide historical perspective.

To learn more about the project or to offer it support, please visit: jameystillingsprojects.com

Jamey Stillings' (American, b. 1955) three-decade career spans documentary, fine art and commissioned projects. He holds a BA in Art from Willamette University, an MFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has a diverse range of national and international clients. Stillings' work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nevada Museum of Art, and JGS, along with several private collections. Publications include: The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Arizona Highways, Newsweek Japan, and fotoMagazin. Recent acknowledgements: Communication Arts Photography Annual 2012, FotoFest International Discoveries 2011, Critical Mass Book Award Finalist 2010, and CENTER Director's Choice Award 2010. Stillings' first monograph, The Bridge at Hoover Dam, was published in 2011 by Nazraeli Press.