Hello, my name is Samantha Stevens. I was born and raised in Northern California, where I developed an early appreciation for nature and being outdoors. My interest in studying the environment more formally led me to the University of California Berkeley, where I graduated with a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies (fall 2009). Over the course of my studies at UC Berkeley and abroad, I deepened my understanding of environmental issues by analyzing essential- yet often understated- social contexts in which ecological processes occur.
For the past several years, I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel and live in many parts of the world that are not easily found within the pages of a Lonely Planet book. Living with families in rural communities provided a unique glimpse into the dynamics governing socio-environmental interactions on a ground level. It was through these experiences that my passion for visual documentation of daily life began to emerge.
While shifting gears from a background in environmental studies to a more artistic future in social documentation may seem a little unconventional, I feel these two paths are actually quite complementary. Documenting the mutually transformative relationship between local and global communities and the environment has the potential to not only generate a deeper understanding of the complex roots underlying present-day conditions, but also to serve as a visual testimony for future reference.