POWER  (PANORAMAS) 2012-Present

Lewis deSoto
POWER uses the same technical processes that are used in the Empire and Appellation panoramas. These large scale works are 20” high and are over six to ten feet in length.  The photos are made of a large collection of smaller frames that are bonded together using software.  The resolution a
nd detail of each individual panorama has a look not unlike the contact print from a large format negative.    The links to each image are in wide format to take advantage of a detailed overview. 

Panoramas have been a favorite methodology of theatrical presentations and connect to the wide format Cinerama vistas that typified 1960’s experimentation in all enveloping simulated environments, particularly in the genre of the western movie tradition.  POWER depict sites where power generation in the state of California created energy from resources, whether that is oil, wind, water, natural gas, nuclear or the sun.  Some of these sites are no longer functioning.  Indigenous people often use the word “power” to connote the spirit/quality/energy of the land.  Images are paired with the nearest tribal group name.


Lost Hills (Yokut)

10.19.16  20”x136”

McKittrick 1 (Yokut)

08.17.15  20”x73”

Baldwin Hills 1 (Tongva)

09.05.17  20”x99.5”

Baldwin Hills 2 (Tongva)

09.05.17  20”x80”

Baldwin Hills 3 (Tongva) 09.05.17  20”x82”

Beverly Hills (Tongva)

04.16.17 20”x63”

Carlsbad (Payómkawichum))

07.24.17  20”x100”

Joshua Tree (Chemehuevi)

07.27.17  20”x160”

Cabazon 5

06.10.13  20”x80”

Mariposa Reina (Chumash)

07.21.17  20”x130”

Cayucos  (Chumash)

07.19.17  20”x92”

Rancho Seco  (Nisanan)

12.29.17  20”x92”

Ventura (Chumash)

02.12.18  20”x164”

San Ardo 1 (Chalon/Salinan)

11.16.15 20”x112”

San Bernardino 1 (Yuhaviatam)

02.19.13  20”x107”

Whitewater 1b (Morongo)

11.19.15  20”x97”