Emma Stevenson

Emma Stevenson

Altered Lands

''Photographed within Snowdonia National Park and outside the protected area, this series highlights ambiguous alterations which represent the long history and relationship we have with our surrounding environment. From the drastic impacts of industry, quarries, nuclear power, dams, hydroelectric power, and reforestation, to the overlooked everyday impacts of roads, farming and grazing (things which have been happening for thousands of years). It's easy to forget that the landscapes we think are natural and untouched today have been managed by mankind for centuries. There is a delicate balance between our relation with the environment, which can easily be upset and taken advantage of. Despite these substantial human impacts, the sublime scenery still governs these altered lands. 

My intentions are to show the symbiosis we have with our surroundings, rather than state our negative impacts. We take from the lands, for example through mining, and give back to the landscape through the protection of our National Parks and preservation of nature. There is a delicate balance between our relation with the environment, which can easily be upset and taken advantage of. ’’


Emma Stevenson is a London based photographic artist who uses predominately analogue techniques. Her work mainly consists of landscapes which often draw on personal experiences. Through documentation of subtle observations, she persuades viewers to see compositions in a different light.

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