David Stephenson uses the camera to mediate and examine his long-standing affinity for the natural environment.
Balancing poetic sensitivity and political directness, Stephenson produces contemplative photographs that force us to contend with the vastness of the landscape and to re-evaluate our place within it. His work articulates a sense of the sublime and transmits the same state of awe and reverence that a landscape induces. Yet these sweeping panoramas and amorphous abstractions are not passive Romantic tributes. Stephenson is aware of the camera’s ability to shape perception and embeds ethical propositions in his work that affirm an environmentalist agenda. He also scrutinises and subverts our understanding of the photographic instant and the medium’s complex relationship to time.