Saturday, January 16, 2010

Reflecting on Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv was established to be the antithesis of Jerusalem.  It was founded by secular Zionists as a "suburb" of Jaffa.  It's flat, sandy with the smell of the ocean and pollution, while Jerusalem is hilly, rocky and spiritual.

Jerusalem is Israel's political capital and Judaism's holiest city and location, the Temple Mount, Har HaBayit.  Tel Aviv tries to be some place else, like Europe.  There's an innate distortion in imitations, which is why these reflections are a perfect way to picture Tel Aviv.

I photographed these before our Shabbat in Tel Aviv.

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