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Life Without Lights
At a time of mounting uncertainty over the future of energy, it is easy to forget that 1.5 billion people - nearly a quarter of humanity - still live without access to electricity. Through Life Without Lights, I strive to reveal the dire economic impact of global Energy Poverty and its causes, effects, and solutions. The project is a look into energy’s past and present in order to contribute to the dialogue on its future.
While living in rural Ghana, I realized how deeply the lack of electricity affected my neighbors. It impeded their progress in health, education, gender equality, agriculture, and every aspect of development. Put simply, Energy Poverty keeps people poor. It is a critical piece in the mosaic of issues contributing to poverty, and often the one least addressed.
Issues of energy access and affordability are hardly limited to the developing world: given the fragile state of global economics and energy’s finite supply, they impact all of us now more than ever.
Peter DiCampo launched his freelance career while also working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana. His photography has been published by National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, GEO, Foreign Policy Magazine, and many others. In 2012, Peter was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch and received the Photocrati Fund grant. Other accolades include first prize in The British Journal of Photography 2010 IPA and three grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Life Without Lights, Peter’s global project on Energy Poverty, has exhibited in London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Hannover (Germany), and Lagos.
Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region
Photographer: Alasdair Turner
We have entered a time when places the least near us beckon us to understand them, to feel them so that while we tred on our part of the Earth they are constantly with us and with our choices. Ross Island and the McMurdo Sound Region and the science being conducted there embody what is left of our critical and fragile ecosystems and our attempts to understand them. They are not land for a nation but a place for the world. This project is intended to emotionally and scientifically engage citizens of every nation about why this place and the incredible science that is being conducted there matters. It will give life to and investigate the science of the region from the earliest expeditions to today’s ongoing research.
Between River and Sea
Photographer: Michael Hanson
Between River and Sea focuses on life in and around Apalachicola, FL. For over a century, an independent, hand-built industry has drifted through the shallow waters of the Apalachicola Bay. This bay, one of the most productive and unique ecosystems in the country, once produced 10% of the nation’s oysters and 90% of Florida's. Today, only a handful of oystermen have work and this community struggles to maintain its tradition and livelihood. Oysters need a mix of freshwater and saltwater. They depend on this balance but the freshwater coming down the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Basin has been drastically cut short by a series of dams and overuse in Georgia and Alabama. As droughts persist alongside a constant pressure from a major metropolitan city at the headwaters, the Apalachicola Bay clings to a trickle of water. The project aims to connect users throughout the watershed and expose what's at the end of the river. It also aims to celebrate the bay and a lifestyle that revolves around the perfect mix of fresh and salt water.
Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken
Photographer: Bruce Farnsworth
Forgotten on the Bakken illustrates the environmental and cultural impacts of fracking, an industry now underway in 20 states. This project begins on the northern great plains but is representative of experiences throughout fracking country. Traditions of open space and agrarian livelihoods have been disrupted by a flurry of activities associated with the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry. North Dakota—situated on the Bakken geologic formation—is now the second highest oil-producing state in the nation.