The ongoing conversation about the future of energy is nearly inescapable: Nations engage in violent conflict and draw new borders based on oil’s availability, while consumers thousands of miles away struggle with spiking fuel prices and the shifting costs of commodities. A debate rages among scientists, politicians, and corporations over the feasibility of renewable sources and new technologies, many hoping to propel civilization into an era free of energy dependency.
Within this context, it is easy to forget that 1.4 billion people – nearly a quarter of humanity – live without access to electricity (according to the International Energy Agency’s 2010 findings). And it is difficult to fully grasp the social and economic impact of so-called “energy poverty.”
There is a connection with sound as well as sight with this project, DiCampo says “With the Life Without Lights project, audio has been key because I’m dealing so much with darkness and nighttime imagery,” he says. “I like to think that people watch these pieces in a dark room with all the lights turned off – so the sounds of crickets, and the nightly activities of the villagers, hopefully make the viewer feel more like they are a part of the scene and helps them understand the issue.”
This project becomes personal to each viewer as the context that you see the images in is important. To someone living in the city unable to hear ambient sounds, the sounds of cars and busy life would contrast with the situations in the images making them more effective. However someone viewing the images in the countryside with the sounds of crickets and the wind accompanying the project would be able to relate more with the disconnection from busy city life.