The overcast morning with Heather turned into a sunny day as we walked through Old Jaffa Artist District. Heather and I took turns "presenting" the entrance to the area, haha. I was, as always, very into foliage that day re: Zara foliage-print palazzo pants.
I took the opportunity to buy some art at ArtNova "Original Soft Paintings." It's true to it's word - beautiful, and beautifully soft. The piece I bought is a woman's face created by artist Johanan Herson, and it's amazing.
Along our exploration "route," we stopped in at Ben Zion David Yemenite Silver Art Gallery, Workshop and Museum, monument to the family's Yemenite history and practice of hand-crafted, ornate jewelry. The jewelry is amazing, and such detail! We took a tour, watched a video, had coffee and everything.
And so, Heather and I wandered through the artist district in Old Jaffa and came to an overlook where I caught the perfect photo of this guy who, in turn, took a "cheesy tourist photo" of us! I also took a moment to represent Hometown Weekly Newspapers, my former employer, with the copy of a paper I took with me for just such an occasion!
We continued on to the center of Tel Aviv busy with street performers on all corners, and an apparent outdoor chair sale - I think? There were certainly plenty of matching sets.
I've come to realize that I feel so much more comfortable adventuring through areas in which I am completely foreign - an outsider, perhaps I don't even speak the language. I feel less self-conscious and less inhibited in my exploration of the area. I even notice that I feel more open to taking more photos, wearing my camera on me at all times.
I think in the next year I'm going to push myself to photograph the areas I know well - my hometown, Boston, areas in between. They may seem mundane to me, but not to others who are from different places. I'm going to wear my camera and find things to capture ;)