Taking a look at landscapes like those in Israel and Palestine, we do not see natural spaces but a cultural landscape created and shaped by people. This landscape is an integral part of the local social system and is embedded in political and economic interests. It can be considered as a mirror image of social reality. Studying the Middle East, especially the Israeli and Palestinian territory, you can notice how the political conflict between Israel and Palestine becomes visible in the landscape. Characterized by landscaping and infrastructural measures, the cultural space is caught within the political conflict and its dynamics.
The ability to perceive the signs of the landscape enables us a fundamentally different access to that region which makes it appear in a different light. What we see is not the result of natural processes but man-made: Visible traces of processes governed by political and economic interests. Political power exploits the landscape and leaves behind its symbols. The attentive observer, however, will be able to look behind the scenes. Negative consequences of the landscape and infrastructure planning are willingly tolerated and can be read as an aspect of structural violence. It is mostly socially powerless and deprived groups such as ethnic minorities like Bedouins and Palestinian Arabs that suffer from these measures. Photography can make a considerable contribution to the task of visualizing the consequences of these processes.