This and That

Random bits of my life

Exhausted

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 6, 2015

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This little girl was ethereally beautiful, with her hair back-lit by the sun, and she looked so tired.

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Look, Ma, No Hands

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 6, 2015

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I joined a street photography meet-up near Jaffa and Shlomzion. It was a great location for people-watching because there are no cars on Jaffa road. This man rode by several times. In the second photo he was helping a friend ride his bike. I was panning with the subject in both photos, so that I could get a slightly blurred background with a sharp subject.

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Red Shoes in Rome

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 6, 2015

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Italian women really do walk around in high heels on cobblestone roads!

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Ceilings in the Muslim Quarter

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 29, 2015

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Silver worms escape through a hole in the ceiling, on their way to devour the world….

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Walls in the Muslim Quarter

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 29, 2015

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Food in the Muslim Quarter

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 22, 2015

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Close-up of sweets piled in a cylinder shape.

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Jaffar’s Sweets shop again:

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Hand-painted sign at a butcher’s shop. I should have asked the price of pigeons per kilo.

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Clothing in the Muslim Quarter

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 22, 2015

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These dresses for little girls aren’t costumes. They’re for celebrations.

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Colourful padded bras are very popular.

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People in the Muslim Quarter

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 22, 2015

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Beggar at the Damascus Gate. It was a Friday, so a lot of people were going through the gate to the Dome of the Rock. I was able to take this photo when there was a gap in the crowd.

I haven’t taken photos in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City for years. I went recently with a group as part of a Photo Meetup. It was very interesting to see the non-touristy parts of the shuk, where people buy housewares, clothing, and food instead of souvenirs and soft drinks. We did experience some low-level harassment (a man tried to squash me between a pushcart and a market stall but I was able to squirm out of the way; another woman, taking a picture from a kneeling position, got a whack in the face when someone walked deliberately into her camera lens). But most people were OK and one woman seemed delighted when a member of our group asked to photograph her daughter.

Sunglasses display outside a shop in the Damascus Gate:

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Boy buying sweets at the Jaffur Sweets shop:

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This young woman has such a beautiful, serene face.

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Vegetable vendor in front of pink and white wall:

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Not a very good picture because the little girl was almost hidden behind the pink blouse on the left. Marcel asked the girl’s mother (smiling, in the middle) if he could photograph this pretty girl in a backpack and embroidered dress.

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Festival of Light, 2015 – More Pyromania

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 14, 2015

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Just for fun….

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Festival of Light, 2015 – Pyromania

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 14, 2015

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Pyromania is an Israeli dance company that performs with light. In past years their shows have required special admission. This year, they gave short 10-minute performances for free. I think it was a great idea because it reduced the crowds drastically and gave everyone a chance to watch. I took these photos with a tripod. They’re not terribly artistic, just fun! In the photo above, I think the three dancers were twirling batons.

Juggler with five coloured balls:

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