Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an Israeli-born street photographer presently living in Tel Aviv. I am married with 3 children and a dog. I work as an IT manager at a software company.
How and when did you get into photography?
It all started long ago but I did not know it was “it”. Even then I used to wonder in the streets of Tel Aviv in search of the extraordinary. After flirting with an initial fascination with photography and film cameras in the 1980’s, I went on to pursue a career as an IT manager and put my love for the still image aside.
Fortunately, my interest never disappeared: while the passion lay dormant for decades, all it took was the gift of a camera from my wife to awaken my inclination towards photography again
What drives you to take pictures?
Photography for me is a passion. It is my way of looking at the world around me, whereby I can express my feelings and show the world from my point of view. Photography is my art and my way of self-realization.
Via the camera lens I am constantly looking around me, searching for that ‘decisive’ moment that will never return, unless I catch it. When pushing the button, I try to make some sense, restore order to the chaotic scheme of things in the composition
Reality is a sequence of never-ending scenes. The camera is an instrument to freeze the moment, isolate it and take it out of context. Alternative reality is the moment existing in the mind of its creator.
At a single click, the photographer tries to fill the insignificance around him with significance. The components “speak” with each other in a unique dialogue made of composition, color, light, shadow and shape.
Which photographic style do you feel yourself more confident with, if any?
I think what characterizes me is that I love taking photos of people in urban surrounding since there is always a story to catch. Therefore I love the street photography genre.
Who are some of your favourite photographers past or present?
I am inspired especially by Henri Cartier Bresson and his B&W images and by Alex Webb and his fantastic work with surreal composition and great colors and by many more Magnum and In-public photographers.
What camera, lenses and other equipment are you currently using?
I am using Fuji XT-2 usuallu with 18 mm (27mm) prime lens and sometimes Fuji 14mm (21mm) prime lens. I also have the Fuji X100F.
Tell us about the project or the portfolio you are submitting.
This is my street photography portfolio. The street is not a studio. Sometimes I stand and wait for things to converge – a cyclist, a dancer, a child – moving along. They are not aware that they are moving towards a certain object, but I am. Via the camera lens I am constantly looking around me, searching for that ‘decisive’ moment that will never return, unless I catch it. When pushing the button, I try to make some sense, restore order to the chaotic scheme of things in the composition. The components ‘speak’ with each other in a special dialogue, either by color, shape, or light. Capturing the elusive, special moment after which things will never be the same and making it eternal – that is my goal. Forgotten, transparent people in urban surroundings are being granted their moment of grace. The shadows, fragile outlines, reflections within daily lives that are not noticed in the busy and thick urban landscape and sometimes are even crushed by it – these are precious to me.
All images by Gabi Ben Avraham, used with permission.