The Snowy Hydro Scheme is the most ambitious industrial project in Australia’s modern history. The system, constructed between 1949 and 1974, diverts water from the Snowy, Eucumbene, and Murrumbidgee Rivers westward via a series of tunnels, aqueducts and reservoirs. In the process, power stations use water to create hydroelectricity. It’s often referred to as an engineering wonder of the world.
It was a visionary idea in the context of today’s changing climate and renewable energy needs. But from an ecological perspective, such influence upon the environment couldn’t come without impact – natural river flows, natural habitats, sacred lands, and townships were affected by the flooding of valleys to create reservoirs.
This photographic series primarily explores the balance between nature and human intervention – the vast structures amongst epic landscapes, the re-shaped waterways, and the newly created ones.
Chris Round is a landscape photographer based in Sydney, Australia.
From documenting landscapes featuring direct human interventions to exploring ideas of place, Chris’s work primarily investigates our ever-changing relationship with the 21st Century environment. Chris looks for scenes that visually activate their surroundings in strangely compelling ways. He carefully documents rather than photographically exaggerates these fortuitously photogenic environments.
Chris is a multi-award-winning photographer whose work has been acknowledged nationally and internationally.
His work resides in the Parliament NSW Collection, Macquarie Group Collection, and private collections in Australia, USA, Italy and UK.
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