September 01, 2014
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A Holy Energy

 

What resonated most about Israel was its holy energy.

Sometimes I stood in the market or at the Wailing Wall shooting the same challah, woman, or rabbi 18 times; at other times I would see the photo before I took it, and know I could not shoot it again.

I’d visited 15 years before, to celebrate a bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah with four generations of my extended family. This time, I was meeting the family of my boyfriend (who would, soon afterward, become my fiance).

The Israelis I met were friendly, yet tough; the land was warm, but rugged. This mingling of opposing characteristics inspired most of these photographs.

The attitudes of the people - their postures, expressions, laughter or sadness - suggested that their way of life was bound to this particular land.

I carried their energy home. Even though it could not be cultivated anywhere else, it was still deliciously contagious and electrifying.

5 comments about “A Holy Energy”

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  2. Shobha says:

    Good Photography and people shots….wish I could’ve seen more !

  3. Allison says:

    Thank you, Shobha.

  4. Mary D'Ambrosio says:

    Hmmm, was that too tight an edit?

  5. Melanie says:

    I like this sentence “The Israelis I met were friendly, yet tough; the land was warm, but rugged.”

    It’s hard to think of Israel without thinking of Palestine and vice versa. I am absolutely willing to do that. But when I read “The attitudes of the people (…) suggested that their way of life was bound to this particular land,” I’m thinking about the conflict. “Land,” obviously, is such a big word.

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