Abandoned Elhadef House
Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 23, 2010
I loved Funky Slug’s images of Potter’s Manor. I dream of roaming around an abandoned mansion, photographing decayed splendor. No such luck in Israel but I did manage to get a few photos of the interior of the Elhadef house in Yesud haMaalah, one of the oldest agricultural settlements in Israel’s Hula Valley. As you can see, the walls aren’t in very good condition. These photos were taken from the safety of the front window. No photographers were harmed in the making of these images….
Both of these photos are HDR (one in black and white, obviously), made from three exposures, handheld, and post-processed with Photomatix.
I just realised I forgot to photograph the outside of the house! It was the day we walked 17 km (about 10.5 miles) in very hot weather and high humidity, with no shade, so I wasn’t thinking clearly. Here’s the plaque affixed to the window. It describes the original owner, Nissim Behar Elhadef, as the “flower king” of Yesud haMaalah after he tried to set up a perfume factory in Yesud haMaalah. The house (and most of the village) was built by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who supported many of the developments in this region. Yesud haMaalah was founded in 1883 by Polish immigrants