Field of mirrors, harvesting the power of the sun by Shuli Hallak
Back in June 2009, we wrote about Summer 2007 Hot Shot Shuli Hallak's series of photographs seeking to document new sources of sustainable energy. More than a year later, this project is going strong; Shuli is just back from a trip to Canada, where she photographed one of the world's largest PV Solar Farms in Sarnia, Ontario, which will soon be able to provide energy to power as many as 10,000 (!) homes (for the unfamiliar, PV = "Photovoltaics").
The results of her journey are not only beautiful—her photographs of solar panels often recall Robert Smithson's Mirror Displacements—they also serve the critical function of raising awareness regarding the availability and efficacy of renewable energy.
She writes of the project:
Renewable Energy is not only happening, it's taking shape fast in fast developing countries like China and India. It's the next frontier of business development and investment, and the country to get on top of the game will likely wield hefty power, in every sense.
America and the world is undergoing a regeneration. We're moving from a post-Industrial Revolution world to a flat, globalized power-sharing world where we'll have to make do and thrive with dwindling resources of fossil fuels.
In addition to her extensive documentation of industrial landscapes (she has also photographed geothermal power plans, farmland and much more), Shuli keeps an interesting and informative blog dedicated to environmental issues, called Observing the Green Revolution and founded The Renewable Project, which seeks to raise public awareness of both the limitations and potential of our natural resources.
Be sure to take a closer look at Shuli's work—much more from the series can be seen on her website. Her endeavors stand as a phenomenal example of photography's ability to inspire and transform.