Jamey Stillings

“#5650, 6 January 2012 – from The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar”


This photograph, #5650, 6 January 2012, a detail of the Solar Field Two power block construction site, is part of an ongoing project entitled “The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar,” an aerial study surveying construction of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert of California. When complete in late 2013, this facility will become the world’s largest concentrated solar thermal power plant. 344,000 mirrors will help produce 392 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 U.S. homes. I began this project prior to the start of construction in 2010 and will complete it when Ivanpah Solar is fully operational. My work as a photographer spans fine art, documentary and commissioned work. Increasingly, I am pursuing long-term projects that allow me to study changing subjects in the landscape over time. From 2009-2011, I worked on “The Bridge at Hoover Dam,” a body of work that was published widely, won several awards and is now a traveling exhibition and large format book. The ongoing Ivanpah Solar work is expanding to become a broader look at renewable energy development in the American landscape. For further information, please visit jameystillingsprojects.com.

Selected by Julian Cox, Curator of Photography and Chief Curator at the de Young Museum, San Francisco.