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Skateboard Shadows

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 9, 2015

IMG_6601.jpgI’m still working on my photography course project. The theme is “Shadows,” which I’m finding harder to do than I realised. These photos were taken at the newly opened Jerusalem Skate Park, in Liberty Bell Park. I was lucky to find three guys practicing flipping their skate boards. Even when they wiped out, they still cast impressive shadows while they were airborne. I started playing with split-toning and funky angles because shadows can get monotonous–lots of B/W, monochrome, and up/down direction.

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St. George’s Monastery, Wadi Kelt

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 6, 2015

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St. George’s Monastery, or the Monastery of St. George of Koziba, was founded in the 5th century and largely abandoned after the Persian invasion in the 7th century. The present complex was built in the 19th century. When we arrived, a small group was saying mass at the foot of an outdoor cross on the left side of the photo above (it’s hard to tell that they were Catholics in this photo, but with my 135mm lens I could see two priests and a deacon.

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Steep staircase winds down to the bottom of the wadi.

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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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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, Part 2

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 14, 2015

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Dormition Abbey, above and below.

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“Crazy Selfie”, with me and husband against the wall

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“Light Fountain,” by Ronen Aricha, at the Muristan fountain:

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“The Musical Gate,” video-mapping by Yossi Jimmy:

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“Zero Hidrographico” in the covered Cardo. Apparently it represents rising ocean levels caused by global warming.

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Festival of Light, 2015 – Part 1

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 14, 2015

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We were only able to go to the annual Festival of Light on two evenings, because of the bus strike. So my husband and I finished three trails in one night–white, red, and blue. That must be a record for us! Above and below are the “Blooming Meadow”, at Jaffa Gate.

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“Children Drawing Light,” features drawings by the children of the Old City on lampshades. Actually, the installations this year featured a lot of children’s drawings.

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“Shelf Life,” a video-mapping installation by Lior Bentov on the wall of the Armenian Quarter. The bookshelf projecting from the wall is the only construction. The rest is projection.

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“National Heroes,” video installation by Yaron Zinman, was like watching an animated photo album.

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“Scutum Calx” was a strange one to photograph, because it was 3D video-mapping on the facade of Batei Machsei. It looks better when you wear the red/green glasses but I couldn’t figure out a way to photograph that. 🙂

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“Large Pendulum Wave” in the courtyard of the Hurva Synagogue was a very cool installation in which balls changed colour and swung back and forth, sometimes as a line, sometimes as a wave, and sometimes as a helix. They were controlled by rods and suspended from a frame, like those pendulum toys.

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This year’s festival had a lot of musicians. I think I counted at least a dozen small bands, all wearing plastic jackets with strings of lights attached.

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I am experimenting with putting a mark on my photos but this seems a bit large. I’ll try to make it a bit more subtle.

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Independence Day, 2015

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 23, 2015

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Maale Adumim. This is a single exposure, not a composite or multiple.
More fireworks photos are posted on Flickr.
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Memorial Day, 2015

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 23, 2015

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During the siren, on Golda Meir Blvd near Begin in Jerusalem.
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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Tav Cafe Trapeze Act

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 31, 2014

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The trapeze act is part of the standard repertoire of the Tav Cafe but it’s always enjoyable. The last time I was here, I was seated almost directly below the trapeze, almost impossible to photograph or video. This time I was in a much better position, at a table in the center of the cafe. If you get there early enough (around 7:15) and can choose your seat, try to snag a place in front of the stage. The floor section with tables is for paying guests (a beer will last you a long time if it doesn’t get knocked over by a juggler). The seats on the outside are for people who don’t want to order anything to eat or drink.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Balancing at the Tav Cafe

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 31, 2014

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The Tav Cafe show doesn’t change a lot from year to year but it’s still enjoyable. This woman is balancing on ordinary bottles, set into a wooden base on a table.

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In the photo below, she steps from a steel cylinder to an ordinary glass bottle.

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Now on one hand….

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