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 a rapidly growing human population may determine not only our prospects for survival, but also the ultimate viability of the global ecosystem. In our inexorable quest for energy to meet the growing demands of a consumption-dependent culture, we are rapidly transforming our natural, rural, and urban landscapes. The need to examine such transformations with an aesthetic and critical eye is compelling and necessary. To think consciously about the decisions we make, or have imposed upon us, we need to see these changes.
Changing Perspectives is the working title for a connected set of aerial and ground-based photography projects documenting significant global renewable energy development. New renewable energy capacity is being built around the world at a remarkable pace. Innovative ventures, in many countries on several continents, reflect a growing international commitment to transform our cultures and economies away from dependence on fossil fuels toward a future that taps the amazing and sustainable energy of the sun, wind, and tides. I am working to document a select group of these projects, ones that reflect a proactive commitment to future generations, while striving also to reveal the challenges and compromises such transformations entail.
Jamey Stillings’ (B. 1955) photographic career spans documentary, fine art and commercial work. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has a diverse range of international commission clients. Stillings’ work is in the collections of the U.S. Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Nevada Museum of Art. Publications featuring his work include: The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Newsweek Japan, and WIRED Italia. Stillings’ latest book, ‘The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar’ (Steidl 2015) won many awards including International Photography Awards 2016 – Pro
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