Jerusalem, My Home


Through the decades, there have been countless excellent photographs made in Jerusalem.  But in my view, too many of them have depicted cliches.  

The real Jerusalem is more nuanced, more creative, and, yes, more fun than is commonly depicted.  

The people reveal the city.  And the city reveals the people.






"Surprise Proposal"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2021
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I stumbled across this setting in the Old City just before the big moment.  I love this shot.  Personal affection and unity, juxtaposed with large sites of (sometimes competing) religious significance.

Oh, by the way, when she arrived, she said Yes!















"Loading Balloons into Taxi"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2015
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A few hours before the start of Shushan Purim.  And yes, they all fit.











"Woman in Prayer, Church of the Holy Sepulchre"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2021
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"No More Bad Days"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2017
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Religious, Secular, Jewish, Arab, Male, Female, Young, Old, Talented, Not so much....Everyone's welcome at the Jerusalem Skateboard Park, a great example of peaceful coexistence.  In this photo, the older girl in the sunshine glides smoothly while the younger girl in the shade struggles to her feet.











"Young Men at Dusk"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2021
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"Western Wall, as Viewed through a Screen Fence"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2021
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"Small Act of Kindness"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2020
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An old woman offers food to a cat in the "Cardo," the remnants of the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem during Roman times.











"Ethiopian-Israeli Boy Riding Stationary Bicycle at City Hall Plaza"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2015
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"Ethiopian Israeli Men at Sigd Celebration"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2009
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"Teenage Girl and Younger Girl at Hassenfeld Family Fountain on a Hot Summer Night"
Teddy Park, Jerusalem, Israel, 2015
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"Candy Store, Muslim Quarter, Old City"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2016
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Just before the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr.











"Dancer in the City Centre"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2021
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Teens and tweens can often be found dancing at night on a side street off of Ben Yehuda Street.  











"Art in the Shuk"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2010
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The Mehane Yehuda Market.










Images and Text Copyright Rick Blumsack 2000-2021. All Rights Reserved.