Selected by Pagy Wicks
University: University of Westminster
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.