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Jerusalem for the Street Photographer

Discussion in 'Portraits, People, & Pets' started by LoneTreeBeer, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. LoneTreeBeer

    LoneTreeBeer Premium Member

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    I've lived in - and around - Jerusalem for over 30 years; it's a great city for photographers; a plethora of ethnic groups and cultures.
    The Old City - Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian quarters, modern city life, Ultra-orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim...lots of options.
    However, I really felt that I was getting "bored" walking around all these different areas.
    I decided to focus on one, very small, group of people.
    Mea Shearim is a very old neighbourhood, close to the bustling city centre - but, culturally, very very separate.
    The ultra-orthodox Jewish Hasidic sects are all different - each maintaining their own customs, style of dress and lifestyles.
    I can respect them all - they are certainly welcome to their beliefs, as I, to mine.
    However, even amongst these Hasidic groups, there is a small sect that is on the very (cultural) fringes of the area.
    They have an extreme view of Jewish Law and especially the laws of "modesty" for women's dress code. So, in fact, the women are completely covered in black burqas.
    In general, Mea Shearim is a difficult area to photograph - there is no way to "blend in" and (generally) the ultra-orthodox don't like being photographed - reactions can range from simply turning away, to demanding to trash all the photographs. It's a combination of being respectful and being discrete.
    The Burqa women are a far bigger challenge - they certainly don't 'hang around' outside their houses, they are a small number and certainly not happy to be photographed.
    This is one photo from hours of being in the area.
    I hope that this is going to be a work in progress.

    Haredi burqa sect - Wikipedia

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    It's very interesting to read about this sect. Thank you for sharing but I'd be rather careful!
     
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    I am looking forward to seeing more! I am a traveler at heart who is rarely able to do so - and one of the greatest things about the internet age is how much easier it has become to see the world through the eyes of others.
     
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    I live about an hour south of Jerusalem. B'nei Brak is also an interesting place to shoot. Hebron, too.

    I've never received a full answer to a question I have about taking pix of people in Israel. Perhaps you know.

    If one is acting in accordance with the 1981 Protection of Privacy Law, is it permissible to take photographs of people and publish them on photography sharing sites?

    Part of my reason for asking is, as you know, the print and online media publications often pixelate faces. Permission was not received, for whatever reason. They probably didn't get waivers. But why would they need waivers if everything else was in accordance with the law?

    I've asked two Israeli attorneys and they both shrugged.

    Anyhow, keep up the good work.
     
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    I admire your perseverance : I think conditions are hard for you... but the pictures you get will not be mainstream !!
    .. at least that... & probably you will achieve much more ! Good luck to you and your interesting photography!
     
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    I've visited your website a while ago and found some amazing photographs there.
    The best of luck with your project, David - keep us updated!
     
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    Took a look thru your web site. Very impressive work.
     
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    Thanks for all the encouragement and positive feedback - great to know that I'm not working in a complete vacuum...
    I really appreciate the members of this forum,
    I'll post photos as they happen (and, "yes", I will be careful...you sound like my mother)


    where are you? - K4 or beyond?
     
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    Har Hevron.
     
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    Maybe we could meet up one day
     
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    A fascinating place. The traditional looks lend themselves to getting photos of "types" rather than individuals or connected individuals... do you have a strategy for, um, piercing the veil, so to speak, when among these neighbors?
     
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    I don't think that there is really any way to "pierce the veil" - everyone is seen as an outsider.
    My only real strategy is not to try and stick out too much - wear nondescript dark clothing, try not to antagonise anyone nor be disrespectful - it's their neighbourhood after all.
     
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    I agree with you. Street photography requires a 'street' code of dress. If you want to remain invisible then you have wear clothing that is relevant. Some nice shots, David.
     
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    Sounds good.

    I'm trying to heal right now from sciatica so I can't walk so well. But I think I should use my condition to settle into a good location and sit and wait for the right moment(s) to shoot. I normally keep moving a lot, probably too much, thinking I'm missing something else. This will be another lesson in the benefits of taking one's time.

    I've been meaning for years to be in Jerusalem on Shushan Purim but haven't. Were you able to shoot the sights? I think today is the marathon...I ran it (the full one) in 2011. Not recommended!
     
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    Very interesting image - I like it - thank for posting it.
     
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    David - curious, what camera and lens did you use for this shot?
     
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    X Pro 2 + 35mm f2
     
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    Love the look of that shot. I need to get that lens. Did you do any PP?
     
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    I did a wee bit of work via Macphun Tonality
     

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