• Thoughts and Impressions

    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…

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    Glowing Light and Shadow

    The Mitzpe Nevo neighborhood in Maale Adumim being embraced by the last rays of the sun. I’m mostly doing street photography, and mostly to document life and telling stories from the street. But I also do like to be a little creative in a more “artsy” why now and then. I haven’t found out exactly how or with what, but I think that I’m onto something, something I will call “glowing light and shadow”. I was editing some of my photos, and tried to play with toning, adding a little color to the otherwise black and white shots I usually edit. I liked the results, but didn’t feel that it…

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    Ethics of Street Photography

    Jamie Windsor recently published a video about the problems of street photography, why we should or shouldn’t do street photography, which made me think about my own – and other’s – ethics when doing street photography. I recommend you to see it as an introduction to my thoughts on the subject. Let me begin by explaining what street photography is to me, but with this disclaimer: I don’t consider the following the general or absolute definition of “street photography”, I’m explaining what it means to me, that is, how I approach it. A person lighting up grill for an early barbecue.The photo was taken in Eilat an early morning. Two…

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    Shooting in the Old City

    The Dome of the Chain next to the Dome of the Rock Recently I had a photoshoot in Jerusalem, which took me into the Old City. Normally when I’m there, in the Old City, I’m more focused on the buildings and architecture of the city, but this time I was out to do street photography. And that is an exciting endeavor when it’s done in a place like the Old City of Jerusalem. Two Palestinians in a conversation, while the son of the one of them is waiting impatiently.  A Hassidic Jew wandering through the Muslim quarter towards the Western Wall.  There’s something about the place. It’s not just the…

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    A Jew in the City

    This is a perfect image of the secular-religious conflict of Israel. I had to “chase” the gentleman for a while, knowing that there was a great shot waiting for me, if just I was patient. And I think the result was worth it. The gentleman is an Ultra-orthodox Jew, or ‘Haredi’ as we call them in Hebrew, from “those who tremble in front of God”.The shop is a non-kosher supermarket, which is known for selling pork, which is forbidden for Jews according to Jewish religious law. These two subjects, positioned against each other, represent the extremes of both sides, the ultimate secular society, which doesn’t adhere to Jewish religious law…

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    Welcome to Fotofying

    Fotofying – An IntroductionThis blog has been left empty and quiet since I created it. Not because I didn’t feel like writing anything, but more because I wanted to focus on my Facebook page first, and because I still hadn’t totally figured out the scope and focus of the blog. Sure, the blog will be focused on photography, but I didn’t want to keep it only focused on photography, of a couple of reasons.First, I’m a beginner. I have only done serious (and I’m not thinking ‘professional’ here) photography since May/June this year. Others have much more to offer, when it comes to photography, than I have, even if I…