New Photography Exhibit
Featuring Works by Pupils from Hof Hacarmel and Jisser el-Zarka High Schools
Opening 17 November, 2016, at Ramat Hanadiv
This exhibit brings to the public the visual products of 'Geography, Man and the Environment', an educational programme that encourages pupils to engage in critical observation of their own neighbourhoods through the prism of sustainability consciousness. The programme is conducted with professional guidance from the education department of the Partnership for Regional Sustainability.
After the participating high schoolers were introduced to the theoretical foundations of regional sustainability, they set out, cameras in hand, to investigate the condition of their own neighbourhoods. Their instructions: Take pictures that express issues, values, concepts, and phenomena related to nature, humankind and the environment. Looking through their camera lenses enabled the students to provide personal, original commentaries on what they saw. It was a significant, experiential kind of learning that required them to raise their heads and open their eyes wide to what goes on near their homes and schools, and to take a critical stance through creativity.
The photographs displayed in the exhibit are both surprising and compelling, reflecting an array of fascinating observations of humankind's positive and negative impact on the environment. They document a dialogue between the natural environment and the urban fabric.
Tzala Shacham, teacher at Hof Hacarmel High School and head of the programme, describes its educational process: 'Geography is found everywhere. with every look, breath and sound, we witness the relationship between nature and man. Our photography project opened the eyes of pupils in this course. It was so interesting to see, via their photographic lens (or smartphone), the young people's view of the environment. Their explanations for each picture further articulate their experience and understanding'.
The exhibit, comprised of 40 photographs, will officially open at Ramat Hanadiv on 17 November 2016. It will appear on the website of the Regional Partnership for Sustainability (Hebrew: 'השותפות לקיימות אזורית') to make it conveniently accessible to all.