Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Contractor Ramadan

Early this morning I was going to a field next to my house in order to  photograph haystacks reflecting on the interactions between function and essence. On the way back I noticed a group of plasterers working on a new house with their contractor supervising them. I struck a conversation with him and he told me he was from Lod. I took his portrait and then snapped few shots of the workers, as I was ready to leave, he told me that it was the month of Ramadan which meant that these plasterers who were working with great intensity were doing so without food and drink. I could not feel a sense of compassion for them. Naturally there are other social significations in this diptych.  

As I was cycling home, I was thinking how photography's contribution to how we can interact with the world whether by enhancing our moments of perception, or by make us focus on social and cultural issues that otherwise would not come to our attention. 

Monday, August 22, 2011