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from the old port

a couple of things at play here… the obvious one is the tel aviv skyline. i was still on the seawall and walked right to its north end where the unobscured cityscape awaited. waves were crashing all about and i did get a tad wet, though the equipment did not. i do believe the sun had already set into the horizon behind me.  dusk was indeed setting in but the light was still lovely and a few clouds hung about while the city lights were starting to become more prominent in the early evening sky.

less obvious is andromeda’s rock. you will notice a cluster of rocks in the foreground; the one with the israeli flag is the rock in question. it is not particularly large or even prominent, but greek mythology has it that the goddess andromeda was chained to that rock as a sacrificial victim, ultimately saved from certain death by perseus.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: cityscapes

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the old port city

after a failed attempt at visiting the carmel market in tel aviv (it was a holiday in israel and the traffic was off the charts insane), we opted to get another day in jaffa instead. as the late afternoon and early evening were coming on, it was becoming evident that the light was looking lovely. i had scoped out a few vantage points from which to get a skyline shot from and finally decided that taking it from the seawall across from the old city would be best. it would require some climbing and a little access to unauthorized areas, but this was indeed the best vantage point! besides, young men were fishing there virtually all day and i accessed the same places they did to reach my spot.

here then, you have the old port city of jaffa’s cityscape in all it’s splendour while being bathed in setting sunlight from a mostly cloudless sky behind me in the open mediterranean sea.

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the floating orange tree

an installation piece by israeli artist ran morin, the floating orange tree is suspended about one foot off the ground by steel cables in a courtyard in old jaffa. constructed and installed in late 1993, it became a permanent installation in 1994 and has become a tourist attraction with hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

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almost seven


after having spent a wonderful day touring, the weather turned just a tad and we encountered a little rainfall in the early evening. once it let up, it allowed me to try my hand a photographing the famous jaffa clock tower, migdal hashaon yafo in hebrew. though nowhere as ancient as the old port city, it is over 100 years old! construction was started in 1900 while palestine was ruled by the ottoman empire.

the tower is made of limestone and is situated at the northern entrance to jaffa on yefet street. after renovations in 1966, the tower sports two clocks (instead of the original four), one on the north side and one on the south side. on this night, only the south-facing clock was alight.

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the sun sets over the old port

along retsif haaliya hashniya, the waterfront street, with the bell tower of st. peter’s church and the minaret of the al-bahr mosque in view, the sun sets over the old port city of jaffa.

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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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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! 😉

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two chairs

Two Chairs

exploring the area around the distillery district in toronto brought me to one of the heritage buildings on cherry street. on the loading dock, at the side of the building was a bunch of ‘stuff’ strewn about… amongst it all were these two rickety chairs just sitting there – i thought they would make for an interesting photo… so a little rearranging and voila!

incidentally, i had just returned to toronto after living in vancouver for about 13 years or so. it was precisely during this visit to ‘the distillery’ that cemented my thoughts of selling my work and turning ‘pro’. there were vendors setup in the district’s pedestrian streets; i inquired at the offices and was told to apply for the following summer… the rest is indeed history!

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from the cliffs

From The Cliffs

from my second day in newfoundland. i headed out to the cape spear lighthouse national historic site of canada early in the morning, hoping for some nice light and skies – thankfully, i was not disappointed! cape spear, the easternmost point of north america, houses two lighthouses. this is the old one photographed from some cliffs leading up to the structure.

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village rooftops

Village Rooftops

exploring the nooks and crannies of tobago, brought me to the small fishing village of parlatuvier on the west side of the island. here are relics from a time gone by: a couple of stilt homes – one of them obviously abandoned; the other is anyone’s guess…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: country scenes


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