The Jewish Festival of Light commemorates the rededication of the Temple following its desecration by the ancient Greeks. The story goes that there was not enough consecrated oil to relight the menorah that stood in the Temple, except for a small amount which miraculously burned for 8 days. Since then we’ve been lighting candles or oil lights to celebrate that miracle and our freedom from religious tyranny.
The special menorah we use during Hanukkah, called Hannukiyah, has places for 8 candles and for the “Shamash”, the candle used to light all the other candles. Over the years the Hannukiyah has been a folk art object and during my visit to the Ha’aretz Museum last week it was interesting to see Hannukiyahs that had been created during the first days of the State of Israel (and before) that venerated our women and men who protected and fought for the Yishuv.
As I said in my last post, I feel inhibited about photographing people, especially when it comes to self-portraits. Just the thought of sitting for the camera is as difficult for me as getting up to speak in a room full of people who don’t know me.
So, encouraged (or egged-on in the nicest possible way) by David Bennett, I finally started to experiment and here’s the first of what I hope will be a few self-portraits taken during this coming year. (Gads! I even feel embarrassed just posting this! LOL)
And, no, I tend not to be the smiley sort. :)
This was taken using the S-100’s “Toy Camera” effect, which darkens the corners of the image and has 3 color tones (warm, standard, cool), and a little bit of fudging with PSE8’s Levels.
We are actually at the end of our rainy season, so this photo comes to you from January 2012.
This was the rainiest winter in 7 years and added nearly 2 meters to the level of the Sea of Galilee since the end of December. Watching the water level of Lake Kinneret has become something of a national pastime. (now with soundscape)