Through the Eye of the Lens is a nation-wide artist-led photographic project about climate change for young people. Led by Track Zero in creative partnerships with professional photographers, expert climate scientists, local communities and major arts festivals, it is an exciting series of projects located in diverse regions around Aotearoa New Zealand.
In each location, rangatahi (young people) aged 10-17 years are taking part in photography workshops led by some of New Zealand’s most exciting professional photographers. The photographers share their creative expertise and teach them how to use their very own digital cameras they get to keep. They are encouraged to express their ideas on our place, our world, and the impact of climate change on their communities by telling stories ‘through the eye of the (camera) lens’. They’ll also learn about climate science from New Zealand’s top scientists and explore actions they can take to create a resilient, carbon neutral future.
A selection of photographs taken and curated by the young artists and photographers are exhibited in each Arts Festival programme and in an online exhibition that you can view right here.
The multi-year programme (a series of projects) is likely to culminate in a major photographic exhibition and a parallel online exhibition featuring the exciting work by the young artists and photographers from the entire series.
Watch this space as we reveal more events!
To view the projects and inspiring photographs by young people and artists click on each of the tiles below.