After giving my talk at The Photography Show in March 2014, a great guy called Udi Tirosh, who had watched my talk, got in contact with me, not only is he the amazing inventor of the great Light Blaster but also the owner of a fantastic website DIY Photography. We started to chat over Facebook and not long after he told me about an amazing opportunity in Israel, where a great company called Kinetis, who are changing the way people think about Israel are sending over different groups from different countries to experience and share with the world what they really think of the country.
You see most people think about military, religion and camels and the conflicts happening between the Israeli’s and Palestine. But this is far from what the country is really like In fact it is a creative, innovative, up and coming place, with so much to offer. Israel is full of happy, inspiring people with a huge ‘can do’ attitude. I felt very lucky to be invited as part of a group of 6 photographers, including Simon Pollock, Jared Polin (Froknowsphoto), Benjamin Von Wong, Adam Lerner and Mike Kelley. Now you may think I am obliged to tell you all how amazing Israel is, but I promise to you that the experience I describe is genuine and I had the most amazing trip to this beautiful country.
On arrival at the Dan Boutique hotel (which was rather wonderful and would recommend to anyone visiting Jerusalem) I was greeted by hugs from everyone and we soon went out for dinner where we all get to know each other. the next 6 days were jam packed with fantastic things, we meet some wonderfully inspiration people as we drove around Israel in a fantastic Mercedes van. On the first night in the hotel we hung out on the roof balcony with Bens new Broncolor lighting and mucked about taking some photos and got to know each other.
Inside the beautiful Holy Sepulchre
The Wailing Wall
The next morning we had a tour of the architecture of Tel Aviv with photographer Ilan Nachum, what a lovely guy and he took us on a walking tour of all the cool architecture spots in Tel Aviv. The highlight for me of course was walking pas an abandoned building and Illan saying sure lets go inside. So we went in to see what was there and it was great! That day I also meet Or Kaplan, who I got on with like a house on fire, such a warm, happy sweet guy who I am very happy to have meet and spend time with.
The next morning we went to the Google Campus to support Jared, who did a talk to his followers, great stuff Polin
I was so exceed how it was all coming together and when the day finally arrived, we all got up super early to drive to the North of Israel to the location. We got a call from Guy while we were on our way with the gutting news that the location had been sealed only in what must have been the last two weeks and it was now un accessible, we decided to head over and check anyway and luckily we found another location very close by on the road, the crumbling mosque and various ruins around were perfect for the shoot and so we set up.
My final memories of Israel was heading to the beach with everyone to get some final shots at a shipwreck as the sun set, we hung out, drinking beer and relaxing by the water.