Garden of Eve: the role and place of women photographers in depicting the contemporary landscape

Velazquez, Maria Paloma (2015) Garden of Eve: the role and place of women photographers in depicting the contemporary landscape. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Following upon the words of Deborah Bright (1990), cited by Wells (1994, p. 45), on the depiction and meanings of landscape imagery, she makes a very important point, that landscape is a social construct in itself, resulting from the presence and intervention of human beings that shapes nature and therefore our perception of it. Yet, it seems necessary to clarify first what 'landscape' exactly means. Land is a natural phenomenon; a space that through the changes and development caused by environmental interventions and by the notion of naming it, becomes a place (Wells, 2011, p. 3). A place which all existence originates from and which humankind have a complex, physical bond with (Milani, 2009, p. 5). One aspect of this complexity, which is the initial focus for this piece of work, is the concept of gender that may be derived from the story of Adam and Eve, in the Genesis. This biblical reference is particularly important when investigating the origins of the social position of women, as it serves as an essence of all the key matters that the topic corresponds with. According to ecofeminist theory in the area, the question of gender has been so closely interrelated with that of nature that one can hardly be discussed without the emergence of the other (Plumwood, 1993, p. 1).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 14:49
    Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 14:49

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