Sunday, November 9

Caption Contest: 'American Change in Jerusalem' (original photography)

"American Change in Jerusalem" (Dave Bender)

Any connection to the presidential elections is strictly coincidental...

This is one of my favorite shots.

The elderly man is waiting for a city bus on a freezing, drizzly Friday morning in downtown Jerusalem. The red neon sign behind him is blinking on and off. He's holding fresh flowers and even fresher baked challah bread, to honor the oncoming Sabbath, coming in that evening st sunset.

Looking back on the photo several years after shooting it, for me, he's come to symbolize patience, serenity and calm hope in the face of inclement weather, the vicissitudes of time, and the roaring pace of modern life epitomized by the loud "CHANGE" AMERICAN CHANGE."

I "grabbed" the scene with my first DSLR, a Fuji S5000, soon after purchasing from a shop in town. I shot it from across the street, with the camera mounted on a small tripod, and pressed against a wall to steady it.

Comments are welcome.


jackjaffe said...

I like it too- I see an urban change sign, commercial, jarring, technological and a man who carries a fresh bouquet of flowers, maybe to his wife of many years, which is sincere, gentle, organic, and an old fashioned kind of renewal of love.....

Dave Bender said...

But Jack - you didn't suggest a caption...


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