The Panoramas of Metropolitan Jerusalem area artistically address how politics determines and shapes this landscape, making visible the socio-economic differences in the Palestinian villages and Arab-Israeli neighbourhoods vs. Jewish-Israeli neighbourhoods. The viewer can see the black water tanks atop the Arab houses which illustrate the deprivation of decent water pressure from the city council, the lack of street electricity and the lack of neighbourhood outline planning.

To enhance the feeling of chaos in this impressive landscape, the Panoramas were photographed in a manner uncommitted to reality. My choice was to keep the horizon line aligned to let the panoramas a first impression of unifying look and yet to suggest a clear and steady future. As the viewer moves closer to the Panoramas, the illusion of a distant, homogeneous view is broken. There are differences of distance and angle and each frame is seen with little color or other attempts to unify the complete visual. The seams between the photos have been left clearly visible, inviting the viewer to linger awhile to explore that particular area of the city. While this allows a viewer familiar with the locations to see exactly where the camera was placed, it also disrupts the vast sensation that is usually experienced while viewing a panorama.

We have lived in this world believing in what is dualistic; light vs. dark, right vs. wrong… It would do us good to face what we have created and transcend the struggle between opposites. It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so. - William Shakespeare. By looking at life from a detached point of view, we can enable ourselves to see a broader picture and join together to create a better future. This is the opportunity we all have now; all we need is will and determination.

The Panoramas are all 60cm high and range in width from 1.5m - 5.5m."

  1. 1. View from Mt. Scopus Hebrew University towards (right to left). Near right- Al- Az-Za'ayyem - Arab village. Beyond Az-Za'ayyem, Maale Adumim- Jewish settlement. Road #1 to Jerusalem tunnel, continues on the left with Israeli/Palestinian separation wall. Center illuminated spots are Israeli Setelments. Far back lights is Jordan. On the left Isawia- Arab village. Haddasa Mt. Scopus. Hospital. Betzalel- Academy of Art in Mt. Scopus Hebrew University.
  2. 2. View no.1 from Har Hadar- Jewish local council settlement towards (right to left) Mevasseret Zion- Jewish regional council, Beit Surik- Arab village, Bidu- Arab village.
  3. 3. View from Ora- jewish Moshav towards (right to left) Battir- Arab village, Al-Walajah- Arab village, Gilo- Jewish neighbourhood settlement, Givat Masua- Jewish neighbourhood, Malha- Jewish neighbourhood, Kiryat Menahem- Jewish neighbourhood.
  4. 4. View from Jerusalem "Mount of Rest" Jewish cemetery towards (right to left) Romema Jewish neighbourhood. Lifta- Arab village ruins. Ramot Jewish neighbourhood, Nebi Samuel- Israeli vantage point. Beit Iksa- Arab neighbourhood. Can also be seen Road #1 to Jerusalem, and Road #9 and its tunnels. Left to Beit Iksa are excavations for the controversy train track to Jerusalem.
  5. 5. View no.2 from Har Hadar- Jewish settlement towards Qatanna and Al, Qubeiba Arab villages at front and Modiin- Jewish municipality at the far.
  6. 6. View From Mevasseret Zion- Jewish regional council towards (right to left) Beit Surik- Arab village, Har Hadar- Jewish settlement, Ma'ale Hahamisha-Jewish Kibbutz, Abu Gosh- Arab village. Also seen, the Separation fence ("Green line").