The U.S. Library of Congress recently acquired a twenty-five print collection of award-winning photographer Jamey Stillings’ “Changing Perspectives: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar” work, adding to his previous portfolio there: Bridge at Hoover Dam, this collection will also have a digital archive hosted within the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Collection.
Initiated in 2010 “Changing Perspectives: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar” is an aerial photographic study chronicling the development of The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, in the Mojave Desert of California. Just completed, Ivanpah Solar is the world’s largest concentrated solar thermal power plant. 173,500 heliostats (mirrors) focus the sun’s energy toward three towers creating 392 megawatts of electricity, enough for 140,000 US homes.
“I want these photographs to raise questions. I want them to entice and intrigue the viewer by sharing something that is beautiful and fascinating — the geometry of a man-made structure existing within the organic landscape of nature. Yet I also hope they will encourage us to have the important and difficult conversations that emerge as we continue to exploit Earth for our own utility.”
~ Jamey Stillings
Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs
“Unique in their scope and richness, the picture collections number more than 14 million images. These include photographs, historical prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and architectural and engineering designs. While international in scope, the collections are particularly strong in materials documenting the history of the United States and the lives, interests, and achievements of the American people.”
For LOC information:
Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) info (describes about 95% of P & P holdings),
Prints and Photograph Division’s acquisition program