Imagine no light to study and no electricity for refrigerating food or to heat your home. A few days ago, I caught a glimpse of this life of darkness in photojournalist Peter DiCampo’s exhibition, Life Without Light, held in Brooklyn.
Peter, a fellow at VII Photo Agency, is on a mission to detail the global 1.4 billion population who live without access to electricity as well as some of the potential solutions to this problem. The exhibition showcases energy poverty in Ghana, where an estimated 73 percent of villages in the north of the country remain without electricity.
Life Without Lights from Peter DiCampo on Vimeo.
Shot at night, Peter’s photos illustrate how difficult living without lights could be. Many of the photos portray villagers’ faces hidden in the night’s darkness, depicting a commonality found in poverty: these are the invisible, the unknown, and the forgotten.
Last year, a number of UN agencies released a report declaring that solving energy poverty doesn’t have to be expensive or worsen climate change. Estimates are that an annual investment of $41 billion a year – or .06 percent of the global GDP – would be sufficient to provide electricity for 395 million people by 2015.
Life Without Light is running until July 12 at 28 Jay Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. You can also view the photographs at http://www.lifewithoutlights.com/.