Israel, and specifically Jerusalem, was where I have made some of my favorite images and time-lapses and I wish I could spend an entire year just documenting the stories these walls have seen and will continue to see, for any photographers Jerusalem must be on the top of your list. Allow me to take you on a visual tour through Jerusalem and show you what we saw in the beautiful old city as well as share some things we learned along the trip.
The Tower Of David
I am intentionally starting off and ending with my two favorite photo series, photos from the Tower of David, and the Dome of the Rock which is probably my favorite thing ever! For now at least ;). Those photos are at the end.
Our first stop of the trip was to visit the Tower of David and see the iconic views. From my days learning photography in Seoul, I am a huge sucker for rooftops. So when the Director of the Tower of David contacted us to have a private sunset tour and shoot off the roof it was an obvious hell yeah.
On the top, while we were taking some stills and prepping for our holy grail time-lapse of the city, it was a real treat to meet someone from Korea. It always reminds us of our fond two years living in Seoul and how got started in this strange world of travel, photography, and blogging.
The audio from the video above was the actual audio of the city, captured from my iPhone. It’s just beautiful. This was a breathtaking way to be introduced to the city and be given a wonderful history lesson that really allowed us to appreciate the city even more. If you ever get a chance to visit Jerusalem do yourself a favor and go to the Tower of David.
It was night time when we were leaving and the Tower of David was still just as beautiful, and there was something Caroline Shapiro, theDirector of the International Public Relations, who gave us a tour, said that stuck with me. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to see what these walls have seen.”
It made me think of time passing and this magnificent structure still standing, so we stuck through the cold and took a few more images, specifically trying to capture the movement of time with these walls.
As we were leaving we got a glimpse of the night spectacular, which when we heard what it was, ( a light show on a wall) we weren’t dying to see it. But when we caught a quick glimpse on our way out. We asked to come back and see it.
It looked so cool. Of course, I had to make a time-lapse of it.
It was a ton of fun getting to see the Old City of Jerusalem from above, but after that, it was time to explore the streets of the Old City. I mean after all it’s the most important religious site in the world and one of the most culturally diverse, complicated, and most breathtaking places we’ve ever been. How can we not dive in?
The People Inside The Old City
We did a lot of exploring on our own to prep for our hyper-lapse workshop and just aim around aimlessly. But one of the best parts about going with TBEX was we got options to choose our very own tours and meet people that lived or were merchants inside the Old City, which allowed for some more fun and candid portraits. Something I would like to continue to improve on.
We met the man below, who in my humble opinion is the most charismatic man in all of Israel. This guy is THE GO TO GUY when it comes to garments and textiles in the middle east. One meeting with him and you’ll know why. He’s charming AF.
We also got to meet a man working the loom for local Jewish clothing. I can’t explain it but there is something so fascinating about seeing someone work the loom.
Afterward, we were humbled to visit a blind craftsmen workshop where only people who are blind were working speedily with their hands. This day they were making brooms and allowed us to take these photos.
It’s easy to feel bad for ourselves or think less of others. But these guys were just like you and me, going to work, cracking jokes and enjoying themselves. It’s a powerful reminder to be happy and to be grateful for the things you do have.
The Streets of the Old City
No doubt one of our favorite things was actually just roaming around the streets of the Old City. Neither Megan or I are religious, but walking around in these walls you just felt the emotion and the power that this special place holds for so many people of different religious backgrounds. Whenever we had downtime, didn’t know what to do, or were killing time we grabbed a camera and walked around. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
This brings us to my favorite thing to photography in Old City. The Dome of the Rock.
I was excited because Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere and a keynote speaker at TBEX did a photo walk where he allowed anyone who wanted to come take photos with him and his plan was to visit the Dome of the Rock and the Holy Church of Sepulchre. I had to prep for our hyper-lapse presentation but wanted to go for at least as long as I could. We headed straight to the Dome of the Rock and these are my favorite from that session. I’ll save my favorite for last.
Of course we did shot part of our hyper-lapse here as well. Here is a small clip.
We hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we loved our time and opportunity to visit Old City of Jerusalem.
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