Publicerat 20 november, 2014

Local Children Explore and Exhibit Their Surroundings Using Photography

Through workshops, a visit to an exhibition and practical work, three classes of Umeå kindergartners have been given the chance to explore their local surroundings through photography during Umeå’s year as the European Capital of Culture. The project will conclude with an exhibition of the children’s own photos of the locations they chose.

Där jag finns (”Where I Am”) is a Skapande Skola cultural project in which three Umeå Municipality schools have collaborated with photographer Henrik Olofsson. All local kindergarten classes were welcome to register their interest in joining the project and three schools were selected to participate: Hedlundaskolan from central Umeå, Stöcke Skola from the large village of Stöcke and Rödåsels Skola from the small village of Tavelsjö.

The children have gained insight into what it is like to work as a photographer, talked about photography and images and taken their own photographs. Photographer Henrik Olofsson visited all three classes on three occasions during the spring term.

“This project with the kids is probably one of the most enjoyable things I have done. The benefit of receiving so much creative energy and so many curious questions back from the children is better than anything! We have completed tasks and tested photography together, talked about everything under the sun and, the truth is, I learned new things myself on each of my visits to the classes,” says Olofsson.

The kindergartners also visited a photo exhibition at the Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography, where they viewed Jonsson’s own photographs from the 1960s of people and places in Västerbotten County and Tom Juslin’s photographs taken at the same locations in 2013.

The exhibition of the children’s own photographs will run from 21 November to 14 December 2014 at the Väven cultural centre in Umeå, with the exhibition’s official opening to be held on Monday 24 November at 10 AM.

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