Conjured Futures: Artist's Statement

Jamey Stillings

Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy and the Shifting Human Landscape

Digital capture / Archival pigment prints 
Print editions in 44 x 31" and 64 x 44" 

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES: RENEWABLE ENERGY & THE SHIFTING HUMAN LANDSCAPE is a long-term aerial and ground-based photography project documenting 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 potential of sun, wind, hydro and geothermal resources. 

I am working to document a select group of these projects, while striving to reveal the challenges and compromises such transformations often entail. Since 2011, I have photographed extensively over the American West, Uruguay, Japan and Chile. The most recent body of work examines the growing nexus between renewable energy development and mining in the Atacama Desert of Chile. Imagery from this project will see initial publication and exhibition over the next few months. 

By documenting significant developments in the global energy landscape, I seek to create imagery relevant both to our present-day collective conversation and to an eventual historical perspective of this era on Earth. I continually pursue opportunities to share this imagery with diverse national and international audiences through editorial print and online publications, exhibitions, interviews, public presentations, and books.