My wife, Marcia, and I made Aliyah to Israel in the spring of 2011, sight unseen, and never looked back. After discovering that I lacked the courage and athleticism required to drive in Jerusalem, I took to the streets on foot each day, rarely without a camera.
My new, fine art photo book, the Streets of Jerusalem, is a compilation of the best shots I captured on my almost-daily hikes over the last six-years. Very few images in the collection are of the city’s well-known windmills, tombs and holy places; the photos focus instead on men, women and children at work, play, or prayer, pursuing mischief or simply sitting in the sun.
Below is a video preview, with original music by Deborah Schleiber, a wonderful piece called “Zion” that seems to fit the photos perfectly.
Though most of the photos in this collection were captured with a high-end single-lens-reflex camera and professional lenses, a few were taken with modest gear, one or two with a cellphone camera.
None is included for its technical merit. Worthwhile moments usually happen unannounced and, while shooting on the move, there was often little time to properly frame and focus much less ponder optimal settings.
You can purchase or preview the book page-by-page online at Blurb Books.