Sunday, December 31, 2006

Golani Bridage Training Camp

This afternoon we were following a brand new road, back of the carmel range, when we came to the brand new training camp of the Golani Brigade. The firing ranges offered a cleas aesthetics which reminded me of landscapes in Iceland and is very difficult to experience here. One could not also think about how the pristine area around the camp is going to be affected. Just down the road we watched at a close range, a marsh harier gliding over grassy ravine, oblivious to the off duty camp.
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Ilan M. 2006

Ilan works as a handy man around here. I did his portrait this Friday on my front lawn. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Colony Hotel

Tonight is probably the stormiest night of the season with snow in Jerusalem and the mountain tops. I went to see the Good Year film in the Colony Hotel. I was the only person in the theatre. It was a unique experience to have a private showing and recalling the concept called Provence. Coming out, I saw this empty terrace. I recalled a quote from John Berger:
We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are.
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Two Place

The Giraf Bar in Tel Aviv. It has become a truely cosmopolitan city with diverse influences all around. (and) Blue birdhouse and ash tree with the leaves turning yellow in the extended fall this year.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

PhD Viva

On 7/12 in Chelmsford UK in Anglia Ruskin University
I passed the viva exam for the PhD. Here is the building where it took place and an oak tree I looked at just before the defense.
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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Detroit Gallery Los Angeles

Looking at my friend R. Blog (Los Angeles Daily Photo) reminded me of our times in downtown L.A. Here my exhibition in the artists Detroit Gallery in 1992. The slight variations in these two images made them float zen-like in the space. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 13, 2006


After a condolence visit (Shivah) in Jaffa yesterday.
Digital photography lets us record our visual experiences and their accurate times of occurance. Translating them to portray our inner feelings is much more complex.
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Saturday, November 04, 2006

This blackberries drawing by Leonardo 1505, besides being one of my favorite drawings of all times, expresses Leonardo quest to understand dynamics and rhythm in nature such as the ones we call fractals today. In that sense we can see in one drawing how Leonardo is capable of functioning both a visual artist and a scientist. Fractals are interesting as they are visual expressions generated by mathematical formulas. Here is a fractal from a Mandelbrot set .

Monday, October 23, 2006

Significant Form

On Saturday I set up this basalt rock that I brought few years back from the Galilee. I was thinking this is as formally significant for me as many sculptures that I see in galleries. It is the ultimate readymade. So if we look at it according to Clive Bell's definition of art: significant form. In each, lines and colours combined in a particular way, certain forms and relations of forms, stir our aesthetic emotions. These relations and combinations of lines and colours, these aesthetically moving forms, I call "Significant Form"; and "Significant form" is the one quality common to all works of visual art.” This is God's piece of art. Its longevity far surpasses any art forms that we know....
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Friday, October 20, 2006

Hamra Soil of the Sharon

A Sharon photograph from 2004. The red soil is typical to this region of Israel in Arabic and Hebrew it is called Hamra (red in Arabic)
פינה בשדות השרון עם אדמת חמרה
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

On Travel and Otherness

Read here on Mansura 2006 (musing on travel and Paul Bowles) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sharon Panoramas

Sharon panorama with 1948 houses. Last photograph shows the estate house of Ali Kasem whose illegal execution by the Israeli security forces revealed the moral dilemma generated by such actions. A dilemma that continued to this very day. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Jordan 2006

Back from a trip to Jordan. I think what is so impressive about the south of Jordan is the different scale of the open spaces and the huge canyons. It is a country that still is mostly agricultural with many herds of goats and sheep seen around the bare countryside. The towns and villages are small and undeveloped with few shops selling the bare neccesities. It is possible to see Beduin tents in their original locations. To see the photographs look at:
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006


My mood continues to be marginal. I went last night to see the movie L'ENFER. In this kind of movie the cinematography makes it an engaging visual experience.

I was thinking that in the digital age, we capture many of the visuals we encountered. For me films are some of the more significant visual I perceive and so it does make sense for us to capture moments from them. In addition, having watched a documentary on Sophie Calle, I keep reflecting on her work. I suspect that these stills relate to Calle's work in some fashion.
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Friday, September 22, 2006

Literature New Year

I was sitting at my desk working on some other images, when the last rays of sun framed in my window caught my eye. The interplay of shadows and highlights is a metaphor for memory and in this case a recorded memory much like the one captured in literature. Digital photography lets us capture our visual reflections instantly and this is my New Year photograph....
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Monday, September 18, 2006

Shana Tova

The Jewish New Year is happening this weekend. Shana Tova to all Posted by Picasa


Shot today, the title leaves this photograph open to speculations. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Object / Photograph

In 1993 I found a box of these glass slides in Santa Paula, California. I was immediately attracted to the images portrayed in them. I bought the ones that I found most interesting. They were produced by the Keystone View Company of Pennsylvania, USA, which by the 1920’s was the world leader in global images. In a way the Keystone View Co. was the visual cultural recorder of the developing world during the beginning of the 20th century.

Using large format cameras, these positive transparencies show great sharpness and are free of distortions.

Thinking about this slide today, I was reflecting on why I found these slides so attractive. First and foremost they are artifacts which you can hold in your hand. Then the photo, is like a fossil record of time passed. When a photograph is old enough, time-spacing occurs in it, when we can no longer perceive the referent as real, but rather as something so removed from us like an old vision existing in our memory. Looking at an enlargement of the slide, I notice that the photographer was careful not to show any people in it, as his intention was to focus on the architecture, the locale. So the photo shows emptiness or a void which parallels the void that remains from this city floating forever in time, in our memory, or as a stratum in human existence.
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Saturday, September 16, 2006

October 1973 Nude

Shot near Yakkum in 2002, the background reminded me of the tracks in front the Suez Canal during the October 1973 war. My friend commented 'You have nude pictures in your blog' as if it was something that should not be here; so as a consideration, here is the link to the photograph October 1973 Nude . I guess that as far as our relationship to nudity, we need to learn a thing or two from Old Greece.Posted by Picasa

Mysteries of the Universe

Going through Picasa and finding images in the archives, this one is from 2001. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

U.S Naval Reserve Building

I lived in Santa Barbara Harbor in 1988 when I photographed this building. Posted by Picasa