“Nearly Natural” is an ongoing project that stems from my experience of alienation while living in urban spaces. Addressing the thin line between naturalness and artificiality in urban environments, I explore the ways that lived reality is elaborately engineered through landscape design and architecture. In this work, I inject the idea of engineered space-making into image-making by digital manipulation and studio setting, showing a perspective of elevated vision in the city. A city without an identity is no longer confused with the distinction between reality and illusion but echoes the everyday situation. In the context of urbanization, the natural elements become a visual metaphor of desire and fantasy, reflecting an image of fleeing from the busy life — a compensation for reality.