Blue Occupied Blue, 2012
Agfa CT Precisa 100 on Nikon FG, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
A deep blue sea, a clear blue sky, a ghostly shore in the distance. No clouds up above, no ripples on the surface. What could be more serene?
This is the Dead Sea, and across the still body of water is Israel or Occupied Palestine, depending on your perspective.
Some months after I took this photograph, my friend who I was traveling with at the time, was in Gaza during an aerial and ground assault carried out by the Israeli military. She escaped unhurt, at least physically. She is a humanitarian aid worker and when listening to her speak of her work, I wonder where she finds the inner strength to cope with it all.
I met a young man who served his compulsory three years service in the Israeli military. He spent two of those years patrolling Gaza. He has a scar on the back of his head caused by a piece of shrapnel. It had healed well and I only noticed it when I ran my fingers through his hair. I asked him why he had taken off his helmet. He said, “It gets hot. We get complacent. Then something happens that reminds us…”
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