‘On the street’ photography

The first day orientation at a military base in Tel Aviv
The first day orientation at a military base in Tel Aviv   Click on picture to Enlarge

 We take photographs to remember things past; a travel destination, a family event, a walk in the country. We take pictures because we don’t want to forget.  We want to be reminded of things we loved from a time-gone bye.
A Street Photographers primary objective is to show you what he feels; his emotional response to the subject the instant he sees it. As Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of the Street Photography movement said, “capturing the decisive moment… to seize in the confines of a single photograph, the whole essence of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes”. In this image titled, Orientation Day, I followed a group of female army recruits from the time they arrived and said their goodbyes to parents and siblings at the Army base gate in Tel Aviv, and followed their journey on the first day of processing a teenager to the soldier she would become. This image taken through a clerk’s window is a tableau that adds dimensionality to the subjects and it provides a voyeuristic feel of the outsider looking in.






About the Author
Jay Garfinkel is a photographer, television producer, and writer. He lives in the Rechavia neighborhood of Jerusalem