רון קישינבסי

I Saw a City

Writen by: Ricky Rachman
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30/08/2017

Jerusalem and the Tower of David at Night as You’ve Never Seen Them

The month of Elul is already here and each year it brings with it the selichot songs. There is no better place to experience, feel, and connect to the unique atmosphere of the month of Elul than the city’s citadel, which is located between the old city and the new city and which includes all of the special, moving, and crazy moments that only a city like Jerusalem could create. While the month of Elul is a month of selichot, it also symbolizes new beginnings, a new year, and Jerusalem air that one can’t help but become addicted to. Here at the museum, there is everything one needs in order to bring together the cool mountain air and breathtaking photographs. At the museum, towers, observation posts, terraces, and roofs all overlook the city from a height of tens of meters. The museum also has the the tallest observation post in the Old City, with a height of 777 meters!

כ - 20 צלמים מנוסים הגיעו לצלם במוזיאון. קרדיט צילום: איתי מוניקדם

Approximately 20 experienced photographers came to the museum to take photographs. Photo credit: Itai Monnickendam

We are accustomed to receiving requests to take photos in the Citadel, for marriage proposals, wedding day photos, historical movies, and more. Yet, when Itai Monnickendam contacted us and requested to come with a group of photographers and take photos at the Citadel throughout the night, we were especially intrigued.

We, who are known for loving challenges, opened the Citadel’s doors in the middle of the night and at the beginning of the month, after short preparations, the energetic group of photographers, who decided to forfeit an entire night’s sleep, came to the Citadel in the dead of night, equipped with demitasses and a supply of coffee. They enjoyed a capsule of fascinating and glorious history within the Citadel, with its incredible view of the new city and the old city.

Itai Monnickendam, the group’s organizer, reported:

“A known exercise in photography is taking an isolated topic, examining it, and photographing it from different angles. Without the ability to escape to a different topic or field, the photographer has to deal with what is in front of him and squeeze his creativity to the utmost possible extent.

Lately, exercises of this type interest me. I find that it is a good way to slightly change one’s thinking, to leave one mode of creativity and break through to a new mode of creativity. Unlike everyday photography, the result does not matter but, rather, what matters is the journey and the insights that trickle in throughout the creative process.

If an exercise like this is intriguing on a personal level, it is several times even more fascinating when it involves a group of photographers examining together a new and defined place. About a week ago I was able to initiate a white night of photography together with a group of talented photographers, who all gathered together in one place from midnight until sunrise”.

A picture is worth more than a thousand words and the results are before you.

On our end, we are already working on our next challenge!

קרדיט צילום: שי פרי

Photo credit: Shai Peri

קרדיט צילום: יאיר זקס

Photo credit: Yair Zaks

קרדיט צילום: רונן רימר

Photo credit: Ronen Rimer

קרדיט צילום: רועי ארבס

Photo credit: Roei Avras

קרדיט צילום: תום שפירא

Photo credit: Tom Shapira

קרדיט צילום: שי טייב

Photo credit: Shay Tayeb

קרדיט צילום: איתי מוניקדם

Photo credit: Itai Monnickendam

קרדיט צילום: אביחי סוחר

Photo credit: Avichai Socher

קרדיט צילום: שי מאיר

Photo credit: Shay Meir

קרדיט צילום: אמיר ירחי

Photo credit: Amir Yarchi

קרידט צילום: שי חרט

Photo credit: Shai Hart

 

Filming of the video: Ron Kishinevsky

Edited and written in cooperation with Walla and Itai Monnickendam

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