Kendra Pierre-Louis is a Justmeans staff writer with an interest in creating healthier, more sustainable society. She's particularly interested in the intersection of business, sustainability and economics. How can we structure an economic system that allows business to behave better? She has a M.A. in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell Uni...
American Power of the Fossil Variety
A Simpsons-esque squat yellow house sits in the shadow of a looming nuclear power plant.
A B.P. refinery in Southern California hangs a massive American flag hanging from its endless structure pipes and turrets.
A quaint Iowa village with a neatly laid out square, large verdant trees, and modern windmills in the distance.
These images and more are captured by Prix Pictet Growth Winner Mitch Epstein in his photographic series entitled "American Power".
The series, described by the photographer as an examination of "how energy is produced and used in the American landscape." Says the author:
"Made on forays to energy production sites and their environs, these pictures question the power of nature, government, corporations, and mass consumption in the United States."
The effect for the viewer is a haunting sense of isolation and wanton destruction that comes with fossil fuel use, and hope for a better future embodied in alternative energy.
In other words, without being preachy, or standoffish, the piece educates and elevates and is worth a rowdy discussion amongst friends.
Photo Credit:Mitch Epstein