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    This is the return….

    So this blog has been left quiet, almost dead, for a long time. The last post I published was posted one and half a year ago. Not that I’ve been inactive for all this time, but I tried to start some other projects, and “Fotofying” didn’t exactly become what I wanted it to be, nor what I wanted to change it into, and now I’m kind of back to what I originally wanted it to be. To explain. When I took up photography back in 2017, I quickly became enamored with street photography. Of course, I feel like saying. Street photography is easy, it’s always available, and every person with…

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    Street Portraits of Working People: The Tailor

    A Jewish tailor working his sewing machine.  I want to have more meaning in my photos. As I wrote recently, I want to think about what I want to do with my photography. And I had a thought, which was partly inspired by my portrait of Avraham Shein, a series I want to call “Portraits of the Streets”, which will include all kinds of different portraits. Part of this will be street portraits of working people, where I take a candid portrait, or whatever we should call it, of people engaged in their work. Why? There are a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons for us to roam…

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    Street Portraits: Avraham Shein

    Street portraits. That’s not something I often do. As a matter of fact, this is is the first time I have done it. It probably won’t be the last time, but I feel it takes some more effort than the normal “catching moments on the street”, for example including a story, or at least a name. I feel that if I am doing a portrait, there needs to be a story added to it, both because a portrait – however nice or interesting it might be, there is more to it than just the portrait, and it wouldn’t be fair to the subject to present his or her portrait, without…

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    Why Street Photography?

    So, recently I’ve begun to question myself a little. I’m feeling stagnating, the shots are too similar, there is no clear agenda or goal to what I’m shooting. So I’ve been asking myself, why street photography? Or, that is not totally correct, the question have more been “what?” What do I want with my street photography. Do I want do art, do I want to tell stories, do I want to document something, what? I felt that I was shooting without purpose, and it got to me, and I felt that it affected the quality of what I was doing. A guy responds to a group of people at a…

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    A View from the Center of the Conflict

    Or, “A walk in Maale Adumim”. I live in a city called Maale Adumim, which can be translated to “the Red Heights”. It wouldn’t be obvious why the city got that name. Though it is build on a number of hill tops, there isn’t a lot of red about them. It’s more sand color all over, though with more green in the winter. The church tower of the Russian Church, standing over the Al-Sheikh neighborhood. However, as is the case with several other more recent Israeli cities in Israel and the Palestinian areas, the name comes from Biblical texts, in this case from Joshua 15:7 and 18:17: “The boundary ascended…

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    Danger!

    This one deserves a commentary. This shot is planned, though very fast and with some luck. It also reveals something about my sentiment, when it comes to the debate about Muslims in the Western societies in general, and Palestinians in the Israeli society particularly. The sign says “Danger – construction zone” (or more precise, they are building here).The danger part is referring, in my composition here, to the stamp we too often give Muslims. Danger, against us and our society. We don’t know anything about this particular Muslim woman, this individual being. I imagine her as a mother, who is trying to create – to build – a home for…

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    El Gordito

    I took this portrait of my friend, Maor, some time ago. It was a little spontaneous, we had been talking about doing a couple of shots for a little while, when one day I told him, yallah, let’s do it. He agreed and we went outside the office building. At that time we worked in the Fiverr building in Tel Aviv, but have since moved. The building has a kind of overhang, well, not exactly an overhang, but a kind of space under the building before the entrance, which is a little in. His creates some shadow, which allowed me to have Maor placed in light, with the background being…

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    Israeli flag on a small island

    The Israeli flag waving on a small island outside the harbor in Jaffa. I’m not particularly nationalist, or rather – not at all. I am Israeli, even though originally from Denmark, and though I like, yes, even love, many aspects of my country, there are also many I strongly dislike. I feel loyal to my country as well, but I’m opposed to the nationalist insistence on identifying myself with my country and her destiny. For me, my country is a community of all her citizens, bound together by a set of laws and acceptance of these laws as governing. At the point where I can’t accept the laws anymore –…

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    The Old City of Jerusalem

    Jerusalem – the city of peace, where God will dwell. At least if we refer to how the Bible views the city. According to the Quran, this is the Holy, al-Quds, where Muhammad went up to heaven on his night journey, and later led a prayer for the prophets of God, where the Aqsa mosque is erected today. A Palestinian walking in the streets of the Christian quarter of the Old City However, archaeological findings hint at the city originally being a settlement devoted to the Canaanite god, Shalem, hence the name Urushalim, which appears in the Armana letters of Abdi-Heba. History A Muslim girl walking in the ancient streets…

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    Doing Street Photography with a Smartphone

    So lately I haven’t been so active with my camera, which is primarily because I’ve decided to upgrade from the Canon EOS Rebel 800D (or T7i in the States), to the one year older, but more advanced, Canon EOS 80D. I will probably talk a little about that in another post, when I’ve spent some more time familiarizing myself with my new camera. But it’s not only the change of camera, but also the change of weather here, becoming more wet and stormy, which has forced me to leave my camera at home and use my smartphone instead – though that isn’t so clear from the below photos. I will…