Thursday, June 28, 2007

Okay, so this is the Sherover Theatre. It is really a sight to see close up. I actually have a theory, and this is unconfirmed, that the building was intended to look like Noah' Ark. The building has a distinctively boat-ish feel to it, and round the back there is a statue of a dove with an olive branch in its beak.

The adventure began while I was photographing the theatre a few months ago - in preparation for this blog, when a security guard from the neighboring President's Residence came out and wanted to give me a piece of his mind. (We both agreed that if he did that, he wouldn't have enough for himself, so... I said thanks for your time, and he thanked me for mine...and I disappeared down the alley.)

Then at the begining of the week my dear friend Sally asked me to photo the inside of the theatre, and low and behold, another security guard appeared. He told me that if I got caught by the theatre management - i'd be sued - Hm!

So I said thanks for your time, and he wasted more of what should I do about poor Sally?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

This baby speaks for itself!
Dedicated to Bob Dylan.

Monday, June 25, 2007

In my eyes, these three musicians really capture the cultural melting pot that characterizes Jerusalem.

Do you remember the posting about the traditional Jewish head coverings, and how each different type signifies a different stream within...well here we have three different people, expressing their identity in their own way, each with a different choice of head covering. (Obviously based only on the various visual cues available - I unfortunately didn't get a chance to chat to them.)

What's also interesting is their choice of instruments. On the extreme right hand side is an Arabic instrument known as an Ud - as in wood, should, Jonny Be... The others I have no information what so ever, but I have an inkling they are from India somewhere...any ideas?

Sunday, June 24, 2007

During May, my life was so overcome with wedding planning and entertaining my dear family, that I completely forgot to post this interesting item of "street art".

It appeared during the May Day celebrations. I love the little trees for sale above - its almost dramatic irony - capitalism sitting on the shoulders of socialism...

The red text in Hebrew says "Happy Workers Day", and the black text asks whether the corrupt members of the government have had enough yet.

Some people really seem to find the angles.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Okay, so a little while ago I showed you some photos of the old hospital just round the corner from our apartment.

Its is known as the Hansen Hospital and many years ago it served as a haven for lepers. As was the case in those days, little was known about the disease except for the fact that it was highly contageous - and so the only real way to prevent an epidemic was total isolation. Similar to those who lived on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.

The insignia on the building is testimony to the fact that the building was erected and maintained by a Christian religious sect.

On a totally different note, one of my best childhood friends in living in Belgrade and has been toying with the idea of maybe starting up a Belgrade Daily Photo. If anyone has any words of encouragement for my dear friend Goran - please feel free to contact me.

Enjoy your week.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Dearest readers,

Shalom to you all after many many days have passed.

Thank you all for your encouragement and enthusiasm - which graciously helped me get off my married ass and back into the world of photography, which I have come love so dearly.

What you see in the picture, is the rakefet, or רקפת as we say in this neck of the woods, my favorite is Israeli flower. Those of you who know your flowers will recognize this little lady as a Cyclamen persicum. Because of her love for cold climates and rocky terrain, Jerusalemites are fortunate enough to experience this beauty in winter and spring time.

What is distinctive about this flower is the fact that its petals are folded backwards - hiding the flower's delicate organs. Legend has it that this is because one day the flower looked at her reflection in the water, and was so astonished by her beauty, that she could no control herself...

Thanks for hanging around...