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Tel Aviv to Switzerland in 2 Hours. By Car.

January 22, 2015

Last year Israel saw the biggest storm it’s had in 50 years. Jerusalem was sieged, Tzfat was knee-deep in snow and cars were stranded on highways that shut down without warning- no one was ready for the extreme weather (Israeli standards, yes?). I wasn’t ready either. I knew it was coming, but between work and previous obligations, I didn’t get to go out and play as much as…

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The Israel Trail, week 1: the Upper Galilee for beginners

November 15, 2014

The Upper Galilee doesn’t hold pity for those who walk it. It’s face is scarred with shoe loving rocks and trees that will gladly reach for your bag. However, it also holds a blissful abundance. Each day of the trail is worthy of a story, but Wadi Amud has left a very powerful mark. In spite of having hiked it in the past, somehow I underestimated its force and grandeur.

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Filming the President

December 28, 2012

I’ve recently started volunteering with an organization called Yala Young Leaders- it’s not yet another Israeli/Palestinian peace initiative, but a much more realistic and viable movement that (I believe) can actually make a difference in this ongoing conflict. Plus, it gives me hope (a true commodity during these pre-election days).

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Visiting Bethlehem. Yup, that’s in Palestine…

December 18, 2012

Every places has its own prejudices and superstitions. If you don’t live in Israel, most chances are that you don’t know ours. One of them, which we’ve been brainwashed with for years and years, it that all Palestinians hate us. All of them are terrorists, all of them want to kill us. A lot of people believe that and currently, so does the government (or at least that’s how it acts). This is not a political post- I wasn’t even about to mention politics. However, yesterday, our Irish ambassador decided to post something for Christmas on the embassy’s facebook page, along the lines of “had Jesus and Maria been living in Bethlehem today, as Jews they would have been lynched right away”… Very smart coming from an ambassador who’s supposed to upkeep our relationship with a not-so-Israel-friendly-Ireland. Not only did he manage to offend the Irish by using their symbols, he managed to make their Christmas about us and, the cherry on top- just igniting more hate and unjustified fear. Good job, diplomat!

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Photographing Maine- a lesson in exposures

October 7, 2012

I’ve always wanted to visit Maine. I’ve heard so much about its wild coastline, the foliage and lush forests, seen many (many…) pictures of the turning leaves and the beautiful coves and really wanted some pictures of my own. So, when I was hired for a job in Los Angeles I decided it was a great excuse to make a side trip and go visit in Maine. Levi, my former roommate from school, a close friend and an incredible creative, lives in Camden- a quiet little beach town that gets a lot of tourists in the high season. It wasn’t that busy when I visited in spite of the Camden International Film Festival that took place over the weekend.

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Three wise men

August 31, 2012

Actually, I don’t really know these men. They were reading a newspaper in Tel Aviv’s old central bus station and I watched them from above. I was fond of the angle and the little story I made up in my mind: they meet every morning to read the paper, discuss (and successfully resolve) the world’s problems and then go on with their day…

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Same experience, two extremes

June 30, 2012

Last Thursday was an interesting day. It started in Jerusalem and ended in Tel Aviv, Israel’s two largest cities. They both make me feel like a tourist most of the time.

The day started with a random encounter of the Muchtar of the Assyrians in Israel (google it)- a tailor and a lovely person who was more than willing to talk and share. Then, a meeting with the vice chairman of the Waqf in Jerusalem (google it), also a lovely man who was keen on talking about the conflict and his eagerness for tranquility. Then, some Humus, some views…

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Workers

June 17, 2012

I’ve shot in a few events lately, where my main focus was on the design and decoration. However, from time to time, there are moments that I just can’t let pass by me without capturing.

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El Desemboque, Mexico

June 15, 2012

A bored girl on top of her dad’s boat in El Desemboque, one of my favorite places in Sonora, Mexico.

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Pedro and baby

May 31, 2012

Back in Desemboque, Mexico, I met Pedro. He’s a diver, which is very risky business over there- they stay underwater for hours sending bags of scallop or oysters and have to deal with a lot of rickety equipment. On top of that, they migrate all year long from one place to another in…

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