Jerry Large, a columnist for our news partners the Seattle Times, praised the recent Garfield High School photography project for giving people the chance to “see an old neighborhood through their fresh eyes.” But the project was also a good learning experience for the students, he said:
Of course, students walk outside everyday, but taking pictures and talking with people let them see and hear their surroundings more deeply.
Some students rode to Garfield in the morning on a bus or with their parents and went back to other neighborhoods in the afternoon. “Students started thinking about where they lived and what they felt comfortable with,” Louviere said.
Also, he said, “Every place they would go, people would talk about the school” and what it meant to them. Students began to see the school and themselves as part of the Central District.
Twenty photos from the project, which we wrote about here and here, are currently on display for ticket holders at Intiman Theatre. Books of the photos are available for $10 at the Garfield library or photo classroom. You can also check out 110 of the photos from class at their Flickr pool.