Photo Walk

I spent 3 hours yesterday afternoon on a photowalk, in this case, walking through the Old City taking photos, one of about 30 photographers. We started at Kikar Tzahal, walked through the Mamilla mall, entered Jaffa gate, followed the main road through the Armenian quarter to the Jewish quarter, down the steps to the Western Wall plaza and back to Jaffa gate via the Arab shuq. The route was chosen by a photographer – I think a guide could have taken people to some places that would have been more interesting to shoot. I was hoping for some photos with a background sky with a pink and blue sunset but the weather just didn’t cooperate yesterday.

In this post I’m sharing what I think are my best 7 photos. It gives you one particular view of Jerusalem on a particular day. A photowalk is an interesting photographic exercise.

The first day that you could ride Jerusalem’s new Light Rail was August 19. I rode it for the first time last week with clients. For the time being it’s free.

One of Jerusalem’s newest and fanciest hotels designed by Israeli architect, Moshe Safdie, as part of the Mamilla project. Across the street is the David Citadel Hotel also designed by Safdie. On the opposite corner the new Waldorf-Astoria is being built which incorporates the original Palace Hotel.

A really incredible flower shop, Aleh Koteret, with Jerusalem being reflected in the window.

The juxtaposition of metal and Jerusalem limestone, old and new.

Crossing through the Armenian quarter, you take an alleyway that turns left and under an arch is a view north to the Christian quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Mosque of Omar (Ibn Khattab). But Jerusalem, even the Old City, is not a living museum, so there are also water tanks, dude shemesh (sun heated water panels) and satellite dishes.

I can only submit one of these photos to the competition. Comment to make your choice.

7 thoughts on “Photo Walk

  1. Bob Gottlieb

    #3 — Orchids in window.


    #4 followed by #5 . . . Both cause of interesting angle / point of view


    #1 and #7 — Juxto OLD v. NEW . . . too literal for me.


    #6 — Okay . . . but juxto too subtle and not interesting to me. Also . . . the horizontal line seems a bit off.

    #2 Nice elements, but doesn’t add up to much for me.

  2. Dr Ed Bez

    The roof top photo is a classic intersection of ancient and modern times in Jerusalem’s Old city. That single photo covers 1300 years of history. Great shot.

  3. Baruch Sienna

    I think #7 is my favourite. I’ve seen dozens of shots of rooftops with satellite dishes but there is something about the composition that you’ve captured that makes it a great photo.
    Yishai Koach.


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