Changing Perspectives

Energy in the American West


Jamey Stillings

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Changing Perspectives is an aerial and ground based examination of large-scale renewable energy development in the American West with a long-term goal of expanding this work to a global study.

Renewable energy development will play an essential role in humankind's long-term survival and the ultimate viability of our global ecosystem. Utility-scale projects, those that add significant power to the electrical grid, manifest a positive shift away from a society dependent upon coal, petroleum, and nuclear power sources. Yet, such projects frequently raise challenging questions about land and resource use, wildlife protection, impact on local communities and respect for cultural sacred sites. This project seeks to foster a clearer understanding of large-scale renewable energy projects and be a constructive pro-active voice for responsible energy development.


Jamey Stillings' three-decade career spans documentary, fine art and commissioned projects. He has worked around the world for a diverse range of national and international clients.

Changing Perspectives continues Jamey's long-term exploration of human altered landscapes and began in October 2010, when he initiated an aerial survey of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert. The New York Times Magazine premiered the work as "A Bet on the Sun," in June 2012.

Recent acknowledgements: Recipient of the 2013 Eliot Porter Grant; Library of Congress acquisition -  Ivanpah Solar prints; Critical Mass 2013 Solo Show Award; International Photography Award, 1st Place, Editorial: Environmental, Professional 2013; Communication Arts Photography Annual 2013; Photolucida 2013, Critical Mass TOP 50; Prix Pictet 2013, Nominee.

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Featured Projects

Knife Fight City

Photographer: Richard Steven Street

Knife Fight City explores an unacknowledged variety of American apartheid in Huron, poorest town in California, where an American peasantry slaves for industrialized agriculture in a giant farm labor exploitation camp.

Palawan Seas

Photographer: Katherine Jack

We know that our marine environment is changing the world over. What about the cultures that form part of these ecosystems?

Dual Shadows
East Africa's LGBT Refugees

Photographer: Jake Naughton

Dual Shadows explores the lives of LGBTQ refugees in East Africa, from their countries of origin, to purgatory in Kenya, to lives as resettled refugees in America. Uganda is infamous for its anti-gay legislation, but LGBTQ people across the region are beaten, persecuted and killed by officials, neighbors and sometimes their own families.