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doors in the alley

i travel to photograph.

because one never knows what one will find, it’s always fascinating discovering new places.

such was the case with jaffa (yafo in hebrew), the oldest part of the tel aviv-yafo metropolis. quite simply it is an ancient port city on the mediterranean sea that dates back to biblical times thousands of years ago (shamefully, we did not visit it on our prior visit to israel some 23 odd years prior).

having caught up on some sleep from the jetlag a couple of days before, i was ready for this adventure to begin! we drove down from home base in northern tel aviv, fighting a decent amount of traffic to find a large, free parking lot by the waterfront. it was still relatively early in the day, just before lunch, so the light was not ideal: clear blue skies everywhere, scarcely a cloud anywhere in the sky… the plan was to grab a falafel for lunch, scope things out and hopefully have photographic scenes reveal themselves as we got acquainted with the area. as you can imagine, i was not disappointed… i took an instant liking to this part of the city. it was vibrant with plenty of people about: at the beach, on the port’s waterfront, in the ancient streets… and then there is the history!

falafel found and devoured, we next searched for a tourist information office to get some maps and information. that done, we decided to walk along yefet street, the main shopping district in jaffa, then continue on to the port’s waterfront so we could enter the cobblestoned corridors of the old city.

we spent a lovely, sun-filled afternoon walking around and when the light got better, i got my gear together and went back to a few places that had caught my eye.

these doors were found in an alley off of the aforementioned yefet street, removed from the hustle and bustle of the shops and restaurants further to the north.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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silver sails

Silver Sails

opening its doors on october 24, 2003, the walt disney concert hall is another exquisite building by architect frank gehry. i was hoping to have a chance to photograph it the next time i was to be in los angeles – and i did! this is a partial view of the complex from the corner of grand avenue and west 2nd street. special thanks to adrian bellani for taking the time out to drive me around.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: architecture

 

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from another era

From A Different Era

i had the pleasure of returning to tobago for end of year holidays this past december and committed to seeing different sites than what i saw on my first trip there last year. my wife, maya, had spoken about a great set of doors at the mount irvine bay hotel & golf club when she stayed there for a conference some time ago. as we were staying in the most populated part of the island, in crown point, it was quite easy to get to. the hotel itself was built in the early 70’s when there was very little in the way of tourism on this beautiful island.

it was rather evident that today, this property is but a shadow of its former self. apparently a change in management and the recession that started in 2008 has led this once prominent resort to slip into a form of decay… walking the grounds i had a strange feeling – almost a nostalgia for what it must once have been like – there was scarcely a car in the parking lot!

when i researched the property online, after the fact, i came across this:

“The Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club offered the leading accommodation on the island for the best part of 25 years. Sadly a change of ownership and policy has resulted in the steady demise of the island’s best hotel.

The old Colonial style of the hotel will not suite [sp.] everyone. The biggest problem is an apparent constant reduction in service levels (such as the closure or limited opening of some of the hotel’s restaurants and bars). Occupancy levels are so low that you are likely to have the hotel to yourself. This creates a very strange atmosphere that many will find unsettling…” – mytobago.info

my sentiments exactly! 🙁

in any event, the doors were indeed wonderful – thanks maya! 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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weathered doors

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taking my wife to a conference brought me to st. augustine, just east of port of spain in trinidad. visible to the north was mount st. benedict, home of the abbey complex (consisting of several buildings including a church, a monestary, a seminary, a yogurt factory and a drug rehab centre, amongst others). alas the light was too harsh and resulting photographs are not usable – but, i did come across what looked to be an abandoned building towards the very top of the complex – these doors were there, just waiting to be photographed…

 this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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146 barrows

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i drive by this property virtually every day – it catches my eye every time. i can’t explain the appeal but i finally had a chance to photograph it when i was driving by at an off-peak traffic hour…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

 

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