Past, Present and Future: What all landscapes soon become



The project began as a reflection on what landscapes truly are. To me, landscapes are natural, strong, beautiful, serene, and changing. But ever since the dawn of humanity we have been changing the landscape through the marvels of engineering. The basis of this project is to superimpose natural landscapes and the construction of the human landscape.


A mirror and an easel have been chosen for this project specifically due to the easel’s representation and relationship to art historical paintings, and the mirror to thus mimic the idea of a “painting”. The images have been created typographically, that is, attempting to keep the mirror in relative size to the other images. This in turn allows the viewer to focus on what’s beyond the object itself (the easel and mirror). All images are true places in areas around Mississauga, Toronto, Brampton and other farther places in Ontario. These areas that are now natural, will eventually turn into suburban, or urban centres in the near future.


The mirror was also chosen for this project for various reasons. The first was that photoshopping the construction within a true image creates an untrue world. Using the mirror in the images allows me to photograph a natural scene with a reflection of construction within an actual location. Even though technically reflections are virtual, they are more real than creating a simulated one. The second reason a mirror was chosen was that the true reflections of construction versus nature allows the image to become flatten into one plane. This allows the viewer to see both the future, the past and the present at the same time. The present being that part of the land the viewer sees in the image is untouched (ie. nature), and that part of it isn’t (ie. the construction). The future being that this natural area will soon become engineered, and the past being the natural landscape itself (before it was changed).

The images were also shot in times of day, which emphasize the beauty of natural landscapes. But, this also emphasizes that urban or suburban landscapes could also be beautiful. Therefore, subjectivity of beauty within/versus natural and engineered landscape varies according to the person.


This project therefore is a combination of time, nature and the landscape. It is in hopes that, the natural landscapes we love will not be too overcome by engineering, and that something of it will be left by the next couple of centuries. Subjectivity like mentioned above, will determine whether natural landscapes will remain. The combination of time within an image will allow the viewer to peer forwards and back in time, and with it a question will hopefully arise being: “Are we building too much?”

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