Archive for May, 2012

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Those who know me for years, know my passion for music. In many case, music has influenced me on how I see the world. So it is only natural that it’ll sneak into my photography as well.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Lag BaOmer, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. According to the Talmud and Midrash, this day marks the hillula (anniversary of death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar, a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. In modern Israel,  Lag BaOmer is a nationalist holiday, connecting it to the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire. As part of the celebration it is customary to set up bonfires that in relation to the Bar Kokhba revolt represents the way the rebellions communicated.

Bnei Brak is a city near Tel-Aviv that the majority of its population is of orthodox Jews. throughout the city there are many bonfires scattered from small to huge sizes. In the Hasidic temples a small fire is set up and a Tish is being held.

Part One – Construction

Kids are working for days to collect woods and to build bonfires

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Part Two – Let it Burn

The bonfires are lit as night falls

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Part Three – Tish at the Hasidic Yards
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Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Sunny afternoon
Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

 

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

 

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

 

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

In my Street Photography Tips post I talked about the connection with the background, I mentioned how often a juxtaposition is used to tie a person to an element in the background.

This type of street photography is harder then it looks, it requires a good eye, a good timing but most of all, a lot and I mean A LOT of patient. I sometimes envy photographers that produce these kind of smart and funny pictures as I lack in most times the patient to stand in one spot for a long period of time and wait for the perfect connection. When I do get to make such picture it is usually by pure luck of being somewhere at the right place and on the right time while I roam the streets.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

But most of my photography is not about such juxtapositions. Bruce Gilden calls these images – One Line Jokes. Sure they are funny, and humor is always good and healthy but to be honest it feels a bit gimmicky to me in most cases. The usage of text signs is an issue with these type of images as it creates a very local picture that only those who can read the language can understand the picture, even if it is in English there are still many people around the world who do not speak or read English. So when I do make such pictures I only go for graphic elements that would be understood in any language.

In My Street Photography I rather use juxtaposition to focus and to bring people together and tell the Human Story, even if it’s an imaginary story. To tell a story with human gestures and expressions to me is more fulfilling.

By no means this is to disrespect other photographs or photographers which I truly admire, just to share my approach to street photography and what I am looking for in street photography.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

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