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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Jamey Stillings

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: Southwest

Changing Perspectives - The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar

The focus of my work over the past three years has been on the development of large-scale renewable energy in the American West. I began this work in October 2010, with a flight over the future site of the Ivanpah Solar in the Mojave Desert of California, USA. Now complete as of February 2014, Ivanpah Solar is the world's largest concentrated solar thermal power plant, with the capacity to produce 392 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 American homes.

In our inexorable quest for energy to meet the growing demands of a consumption dependent culture, we are transforming our natural, rural, and urban landscapes at an accelerating pace. 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. As an artist, aerial photography is a principal component of my work. I explore perspectives distinct from those found on earth's surface, revealing information and insight otherwise concealed.

Ultimately, the issues surrounding energy production are global in nature. Renewable energy projects are being built around the world at a remarkable pace. Over the next few years, I intend to transform Changing Perspectives into a project of global scale. By observing these contemporary changes, I am creating imagery relevant both to our present-day collective consciousness and to our eventual historical perspective of this era on Earth.

Sponsored by the Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit organization, this photography project seeks to foster a clearer understanding of and be a constructive pro-active voice for responsible energy development.

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