I have today added additional images to the Holy Land portfolio which brings me near the end of this very large project. There may be a few more to come but I'm essentially done.
This posting, and any more images to come, focus on the Old City of Jerusalem, specifically in the public market areas which encompass some of the most colorful subject matter in the Holy Land. This area was vibrant, crowded, noisy, and to me somewhat claustrophobic because of it's closed in nature and close quarters. Even though I was armed with a map it was difficult at any given time to know where I was. I felt like I was just wandering, and indeed I was.
I only had but one afternoon to devote to the Old City on the last afternoon of our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In reality I think many afternoons could be usefully employed in the pursuit of interesting photography here. Even so I am pleased with what I was able to do in a limited time span. The Old City is divided into four distinct sectors, the Arab, Christian, Jewish and Armenian, each with its distinct character. I was not only looking for interesting architecture, but interesting people living out their day to day lives.
Throughout our time in Israel I was impressed by the age of what I was viewing. The modern State of Israel has not existed all that long, but the land in which it is now situated is ancient, and most of the buildings have been there for centuries. This really hit home as I moved my hand over the ancient stones of the Western Wall that has existed since the time of Solomon. Here I was, a citizen of the 20th and 21st centuries touching stones that occupied this precise spot centuries before Christ. In the process of editing these images I wanted to bring this element to the forefront, to impart a patina of age and wear to my images. I accomplished such with the use of textures to add a sepia quality that imparts a sense of the eternal in these stones. I really like the effect. I hope you do too.
I know not whether I will ever return to this interesting land, but I know that if opportunity presents itself there is still much to be done photographically. Certainly I will head straight to the labyrinth of the Old City.