Emma Stevenson

University: University of Westminster

Website: www.emmastevenson.org

Artist Statement: 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.

  Lake Llydaw  - A natural lake, one third of the way up Mt.Snowdon. The water is used to generate electricity via the Cwm Dyli Hydroelectric Power Station situated in the valley below.

Lake Llydaw - A natural lake, one third of the way up Mt.Snowdon. The water is used to generate electricity via the Cwm Dyli Hydroelectric Power Station situated in the valley below.

  Dinorwig Slate Quarry  - In its peek this quarry was the second biggest producer of slate in the World. Also situated in the disused slate quarry is a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station. To preserve the natural beauty of Snowdonia National Park, the power station itself is located inside the tunnels and caverns of Elidir Mountain.

Dinorwig Slate Quarry - In its peek this quarry was the second biggest producer of slate in the World. Also situated in the disused slate quarry is a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station. To preserve the natural beauty of Snowdonia National Park, the power station itself is located inside the tunnels and caverns of Elidir Mountain.

  Ffestiniog  - Although this historic mining town is located in the centre of the Snowdonia National Park, the boundaries of the Park have excluded it from protective control, in hope that light industry would develop in place of the declining slate industry. The town is well known for its railway, originally used for slate transportation, which is now a tourist attraction.

Ffestiniog - Although this historic mining town is located in the centre of the Snowdonia National Park, the boundaries of the Park have excluded it from protective control, in hope that light industry would develop in place of the declining slate industry. The town is well known for its railway, originally used for slate transportation, which is now a tourist attraction.

  Cwm Dyli Pipeline  - Containing water from Lake Llydaw, this 2 kilometre pipeline runs down the south side of Mt.Snowdon and uses the water to power the hydroelectric station in the valley 320 metres below. Built in 1905 it’s Britain’s oldest power station, and is believed to be one of the oldest Grid-connected hydro-electric stations in the world.

Cwm Dyli Pipeline - Containing water from Lake Llydaw, this 2 kilometre pipeline runs down the south side of Mt.Snowdon and uses the water to power the hydroelectric station in the valley 320 metres below. Built in 1905 it’s Britain’s oldest power station, and is believed to be one of the oldest Grid-connected hydro-electric stations in the world.

  Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station  - Closed in 1991, the nuclear power station is expected to take 100 years to complete its decommission.

Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station - Closed in 1991, the nuclear power station is expected to take 100 years to complete its decommission.

  Alwen Forest  - An area of forest under Welsh Government Woodland Estate management to protect and diversify the woodland in a sustainable way.  

Alwen Forest - An area of forest under Welsh Government Woodland Estate management to protect and diversify the woodland in a sustainable way.