Changing Perspectives: Chile
examines the evolving nexus between renewable energy, development, and mining in the Atacama Desert of Chile.
Since 2010, I have photographed renewable energy sites in the American West, Uruguay, and Japan as part of a multi-chaptered documentary project called Changing Perspectives. In 2017, I traveled to northern Chile.
Chile produces half the world's copper and has the largest-known lithium reserves. Each day, we utilize Chilean copper in our cars, computers, and smartphones. Northern Chile's mining industry is heavily dependent on imported coal, diesel, and liquefied natural gas for its energy. Yet, the geography and geology of the Atacama Desert provide Chile with excellent solar and wind potential. New renewable energy projects in the regions of Antofagasta, Atacama, and Tarapacá supply electricity to the northern grid, transmit power to population centers in the south, and are beginning to reduce mining's dependence on fossil fuels.
We are at a critical juncture in the evolution of our species. By documenting significant developments in the global energy landscape, I am working to create and share imagery that is focused on solutions. Changing Perspectives: Chile represents the newest chapter in this work.
Jamey Stillings' photographic career spans documentary, fine art, and commissioned work. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Stillings' work is in private and public collections, including 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' monographs are The Bridge at Hoover Dam (Nazraeli Press, 2011) and The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar (Steidl, 2015.)
The primary focus of Stillings’ long-term project is renewable energy. Beginning in 2010, with a flight over the future site of Ivanpah Solar in the Mojave Desert of California, The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar became the starting point for Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy and the Shifting Human Landscape, Stillings’ aerial and ground-based project documenting significant global renewable energy development.