Jamey Stillings

How decisions change landscapes

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, near Palm Springs, California, USA, produces 550 megawatts of energy using 8 million photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight into electricity.

© Jamey Stillings 2015

New capacities for renewable energy are being built up at a remarkable pace around the world. Projects in many countries on every continent of the world reflect the international commitment to transform our cultures and economies away from dependence on fossil fuels to a future that harnesses the amazing and sustainable energy of the sun, wind and tides. However, through this transformation and our ever-increasing energy demands, we are severely encroaching on nature and altering our natural, rural and urban landscapes. It is precisely this development that Jamey Stillings addresses in his graphic, futuristic images.

Heliostats (mirrors) at Solar Reserve’s Crescent Dunes Solar project – Crescent Dunes Solar, located near Tonopah, Nevada, USA, is a currently non-producing solar thermal power project with an installed capacity of 110-megawatt and 1.1 gigawatt-hours of energy storage. When built, Crescent Dunes was the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant with a central receiver tower and advanced molten salt energy storage technology.

© Jamey Stillings 2015

© Jamey Stillings 2015

Within a diverse range of photographic interests, his projects focus on issues of sustainability, particularly renewable energy. Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy & The Shifting Human Landscape is his current long-term project. In it, he documents a select group of stunning buildings that reflect a proactive, sustainable commitment to future generations. Driving his work is a passionate curiosity about people, cultures and technology. The environment is a guiding force for him, in his photography as well as in his life.•

A floating photovoltaic project, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

© Jamey Stillings 2016

El Romero Solar, Atacama Desert, Chile – This 246-­­megawatt photo­voltaic plant supplies 80-megawatts of renewable energy to the Google Data Center in Santiago, Chile, 100% of the data center’s electricity needs.

© Jamey Stillings 2017

Amanecer Solar CAP, near Copiapó, Chile – This 100-megawatt photovoltaic plant incorporates 310,000 photovoltaic modules and supplies power to the nearby Cerro Negro Norte iron ore mine.

© Jamey Stillings 2017

Portrait of Jamey Stillings © 2019 Zubin Stillings (Jamey’s son)

Jamey Stillings

Jamey Stillings was born in Oregon in 1955. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor in Art from Willamette University in Salem, graduating magna cum laude. He has received numerous international awards for his work, including the 2016 International Photographer of the Year and the 2016 International Photography Awards. His work is included in exhibitions at the U.S. Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Nevada Museum of Art, among others. Stilling’s work is sought after in publications around the globe and has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Newsweek Japan, and WIRED Italia.