Monday, December 29, 2008

Rhopography - Looking At The Overlooked

Photograph Shlomo Lee Abrahmov 'cup 1992"

Norman Bryson:

Rhopography

(from rhopos, trivial objects ,small wares, trifles )

Is the depiction of those things which lack importance, the unassuming material base of life that 'importance' constantly overlooks.

see book here

Friday, December 19, 2008

Double Portrait


I Shot this portrait of a Sudanese Man in the park of Har Zion Blvd in Tel Aviv
zZ

Monday, December 01, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Research Surrealist Photography 2

In 1990 I had access to the full collection of Man Ray photographs owned by the Getty Museum. I have found few that were not taken by Man Ray but were attributed (listed) as his own. I found out few interesting details about these photographs:


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Research Surrealist Photography


Here is a letter I wrote the Getty Museum Dpt of Photograph regarding the photograph Man Ray sold to Arnold Crane as his own, though it was created by J.A Boiffard. The photograph mentioned in the Getty collection has written on its back the name of Seabrook and Dangling Dervish.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Atget QUAI D'ANJOU IN A MORNING FOG 1926



Finding this remarkable photograph of Atget today, I was struck by how each shade of darkness/lightness changed its mood. ( and how difficult to be certain of its original tones.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Untitled 12/09/2008



Untitled 12/9/2008

If I could cry
Wipe away my tears

If I leave
Please call me

If I caress you
Kiss my eyes

Silence

Dawn is almost

Here

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Finland Aug 2008


Back from a visit to Finland. See the great Food dear friends Uzi and Merja prepared for us. Click to see Garden Views
or other Finnish visual impressions.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wailing Wall 1994


Been scanning negatives for a new project. Taken at the wailing wall in 1994 when I was living in California. I come to realize how my vision is different, now that I live in Israel. Never paid much attention to what could be described as my documentary work- but there are few good ones...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Friday Night

 

Dinner at an Italian restaurant in one of the satalite cities of Haifa. The light was too bright the food ok but way overpriced. The service poor. What do you do in order to have a romantic dinner. I have been thinking about this blog as my visual journal nearing a two years mark. In this manner the progression of images and the opportunity to observe them in succession offers new opportunities. Technology + Content
Then I realized that Friday night experience related in a remarkable fashion to these line written few days earlier:
There is no There There

If you look at the roadside signs
And think about the people going to the beach
On a summer early morning
The only freshness of the day tries to
Wipe off the cobwebs of late Saturday night

I talk to you
I hear your voice
The spaces between the words
The roundness of the syllables

Around the corner there is a house
With its shutters closed
Like eyes that once could see and now are blind

We hear a rustle-
Behind the bushes a shadow
Give me your hand, I will take you there
Softly

12.7.2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Acre 17 7 2008



We were coming back from the funeral of Udi Goldwasser when after stopping in Old Acre I noticed this yard with ornamental devotional statues. I was fully aware of the implications portrayed in these photographs, yet what is fascinating is how through photography or art we could transpose ourselves and contemplate issues which are in contrast to our environment whether geographical or mental.

Friday, July 11, 2008

On Portraiture


Portraiture let you explore your relationship with people and celebrate their uniqness.
My dear friend Hagar in the studio this morning

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Tristes Tropiques


The work of the painter, the poet or the musician, like the myths and symbols of the savage, ought to be seen by us, if not as a superior form of knowledge, at least as the most fundamental and the only one really common to us all;

Tristes Tropiques 1955 Claude Levi-Strauss

Friday, July 04, 2008

Tel Aviv White Night 03 07 2008

 

For the second year Tel Aviv White Night was a peculiar experience. A city by the sea entangled by memories of the past and energy of youth.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Literary and Photographic Narrative

 

 

 

 


We were discussing a research project exploring the complex relationship between literay narrative and photographic narrative. I was going through some old negatives when this doubling occured. There an immediate non-linear narrative sequence happening in these photographs. Generating within a mental landscape of a memory of Israel or Eretz Israel.
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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Breakfast (Homage to Stephen Shore)




While making breakfast this morning, I looked at it and thought that it has interesting features. I thought about Stephen Shore photograph from 1973. So just before eating it, photographed it on the old kibbutz dinning hall table on the porch.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Jerusalem Mount Scopus

 

 

Going to work in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design on Mt. Scopus, I decided to capture some of the views. Does it give a sense of holines or peace?
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Brugge The Film



I watched the movie Brugge tonight. It takes place in the Belgian town by this name. After the movie I wanted to shoot some night scene in the tranquil town of Even Yehuda. Finding a lighted street, I took some shots and then aimed at the curb and saw the symbolic possibilities of these images. I shot few using a green plastic trash can instead of a tripod. The photographs fitted my mood. I also been reading Jesus the Nazarene by prof. Joseph Klausner this week.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Surrealist Photography


Following my lecture on Surrealist Photography this week, I came across some negatives of mine from the munitions factory in Nof Yam. I photographed in that daydream like location just before it was demolished. Looking at this photograph now, I can think that it is another homage to Francesca Woodman

Thursday, March 27, 2008

More On Spacing


Spacing מירחוב does not let us go back to the referent and as such facts becomes irrelevant only our level of speculation.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Empty Houses


I find empty, deserted houses irresistible. Here is a goat shed from Bethlehem of the Galilee (founded by the Templers in 1906)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fiction and Non-Fiction



We had no way to know what this dramatic scene meant when we encountered it on the Arava Freeway. Our natural assumption was that it was a severe accident. However this was much more dramatic - It turned out the police were in a chase after Bedouin drug smugglers who had just picked 25 kilos of heroin from the Jordanian border nearby.
When seeing a road block they turned around and crashed into the police vehicle seriously injuring three policemen including the commander of the special task.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

On Spacing

 

 

 

 

We went on a citrus tour today in the groves around this area. We met a group of Thai workers and I snapped some portraits of them. Coming home, a chance in Photoshop merged two images together and reminded me of why the surrealists loved so much this chance occurances that transfor ordinary reality. This is the essence of Spacing or as I termed it in Hebrew Mirchov מירחוב ,when the refferent is transformed to such an extent as to give us a totaly differnt set of associations. Thinking more about: it like many other situations, we can talk about degrees of spacing. This approach fits our attitude that counter to transparecny - spacing could be almost inherent in photographs.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Winter Storm

 

 

 


We been promised a major storm this week. It did arrive with full force making this winter feel like one.
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Kafka on the Shore


This page in Murakami's Kafka on the Shore got me into deep reflection....

Friday, January 18, 2008

On Associations


Yesterday morning I picked this sage and put in on a plate on the coffee table. Later late at night, looked at it again and there was certain narrative in this arrangement - the pale green of Fra Angelico - the master of the pale green and certain famous events in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. Had to go to the studio and capture it, and kept wondering why this simple arrangement has this peculiar narrative content

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design




Finished teaching the course Reading Photographs today.
Two contrasting images:
A view from Bezalel campus on Mount Scopus Jerusalem

Faculty room Bezalel (Six views of Mount Fuji)

Friday, January 04, 2008

On Perception


I was sitting with S. looking at Stephen Shore book, when I noticed this situation which called for picking up the camera and capturing it. Later in the session, I talked about how we can approach photography as an act of perception, connecting it to the ideas of Robert Irwin.