A meditative collection exploring the affect of solar energy initiatives on the California panorama by French-Canadian photographer Catherine Canac-Marquis. Based mostly in Lengthy Seaside, California, Canac-Marquis’s current work focuses on the desert ecosystems and geosystems of the American Southwest. Addressing the main environmental problems with our century — water shortage, preservation of pure environments, desertification, local weather change — her research-based observe promotes present scientific information, information assortment, and subject research.
In “Sungazing,” Canac-Marquis pursues the strain between the necessity to cut back greenhouse gasoline emissions and the environmental menace clear vitality initiatives can pose to the lands on which they’re constructed. The state of California, for instance, plans to acquire 100% of its electrical energy from clear vitality sources by 2045. Nonetheless, the infrastructure wanted to fulfill that demand locations thousands and thousands of hectares of protected areas below menace from the stress of the photo voltaic vitality foyer. As such, Canac-Marquis’ collection seeks to current a lyrical imaginative and prescient of photo voltaic vitality in tandem with its exploitation:
“Punctuated with allusions to the solar, my photographs oscillate between the illustration of wildlife and different types of biodiversity tailored to the desert and its immensity, the seen penalties of local weather change, and infrastructures permitting the manufacturing of fresh and renewable vitality. I’m within the affect of photo voltaic growth on conservation values within the California deserts, and easy methods to obtain a balanced plan for addressing each biodiversity preservation and greenhouse gasoline emissions discount. As a result of large-scale photo voltaic installations remodel lands the place they’re positioned into a brand new sort of constructed surroundings, I search to emphasise the significance of understanding an ecosystem earlier than irrevocably altering it.”
See extra photographs from “Sungazing” beneath.