Following our last feature on photographer Jenna Gang, who shoots with the Diana F+, we are sharing with everyone her story and beautiful photos from her trip to Israel.
In our first interview with photographer Jenna Gang two years ago, she shared with us some snippets of her visit to Israel with the Diana F+. The trip no doubt made an impression on our featured lomographer, who said she felt very comfortable and at home in the sacred and ancient land.
Now, Jenna tells us more about her musings about Israel, coupled with her beautiful photographs taken using the Diana F+. Jenna, take it away!
I first visited Israel in 2010 and fell in love with its sunlight.
Some of the images from my first trip are available with my previous Lomo Amigo interview. Back in America, I continually thought of when I would return. Each night I imagined the rustling waves of the Mediterranean Sea to help me fall asleep. I wanted to explore Israel in-depth before settling into my photographer’s life in New York City.
So I left one of the world’s popular art cities to live in one of the world’s most ancient cities. I wanted to bring a fresh perspective without a pre-determined agenda. Many images of Israel are unavoidably charged with political messages, but instead I intended to focus on the magnificence of the land and nothing more.
At first glance, Jerusalem appears completely drenched in golden light. The modern city is constructed with “Jerusalem stone,” a white brick that shimmers so brightly it’s almost blinding. But as you look out onto the surrounding natural landscape of olive trees, parched shrubs, and makeshift villages, you see a deep wine color. Israeli sunlight has been the true focus of my photographs.
I wanted to document my daily experiences and impressions of Israel.
The entire experience was perspective changing, both literally and figuratively. The world connects Israel with violence and I think it is important to reveal its beauty. I want to revolutionize people’s minds through my portraits of this astonishingly striking place and to foster an optimistic, constructive outlook for this holy land.
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