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Hanukkah 2012

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 16, 2012

Hanukkah 2012

Last night was the last night of Hanukkah, so I walked around my neighbourhood and Gittit street taking a few photos. The hanukkiah box above was holding so many that it’s difficult to count them.

Garage with a couple hanukkiah boxes on a plastic table, surrounded by junk. Definitely not your average setting.

Hanukkah 2012

Elaborate hanukkiah in a garden. The family had just lit, so I asked permission to come into the garden to photograph it. The husband said that family legend (not verified, he stressed) says it was left with non-Jewish neighbours in Germany by his grandparents. They perished in the Holocaust and his father was able to reclaim it.

Hanukkah 2012

Kitchen window. It’s a widespread custom for each member of a family to light, so sometimes you see balconies and windows filled with candles or oil lights.

Hanukkah 2012

Tea-light hanukkiah in a stone niche:

Hanukkah 2012

Street hanukkiah and kitchen hanukkiah:

Hanukkah 2012

Moon setting over Jerusalem. I had a tripod with me. Taken from the security road just beyond Katros street, so there wasn’t too much interference from city lights. 250mm lens, slightly cropped.

Moon Setting over Jerusalem

Hanukkah 2012

Hanukkah 2012

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Leonardo in Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 16, 2012

Leonardo da Vinci in Florence

What a magnificent costume!

Valter Conti is a street busker who plays Leonardo da Vinci in Florence. (I only know this because I gave him a euro and he gave me his card. I once photographed a street performer in Tel Aviv, didn’t think to give her a few shekels, and she became one of my most popular early images. I’ve felt guilty ever since, so now I try to give something to street performers whom I photograph.)

I noticed that he seems to have modeled his costume after the Leonardo statue in Milan, not the one outside the Uffizi in Florence. Maybe he didn’t fancy the leg exposure….

Leonardo da Vinci in Florence

Leonardo da Vinci in Florence

Leonardo da Vinci in Florence

Statue of Leonardo da Vinci outside the Uffizi:

Statue of Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala, Milan:

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