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Israel - The People Make the Place - Part 2

Diana Beauty Academy

For me this is the ultimate in cool! I visited Diana Beauty Academy, a school in Tel Aviv for hair dressers and beauticians. It's a wild and crazy funky spot with something going on in every corner of the place. What I loved best was the cultural diversity of the students and instructors all learning and working side by side, calling out to each other and bubbling with enthusiasm. Leila who has been a student at the school for six months lives in Jaffa. We chatted via an interpreter as she worked.
Me: Which part of hairdressing do you like the best?
She: I like doing colour. I didn't learn cutting yet but I also like Fan (her term for blow drying).
In this photo Leila has graduated to working on a paying customer doing her favorite thing. Color.


Serious Little Girl

I met this serious little girl at Tel Aviv's old port. She was enjoying an ice cream cone along with her mom and two sisters. Mom was so proud of them and gave me permission to photograph all three. This is daughter number two, five years old and I was impressed with how she handled having her picture taken. Look at those amazing eyes, her hint of a smile and the way she challenges me and the camera. This is Israel's next generation!


Pre-kindergarten, Tel Aviv

I was invited to see a pre-kindergarten facility in Tel Aviv funded by an organization called, Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation. There were five children sitting around a table, painting and being supervised by a teacher. This little girl looked up at me and instantly won my heart (note the paint on her face:). Her teacher told me that ... 'Lirit is three years old and was born in Israel to a family of refugees who fled from the war in the Congo. She's a quiet girl, with a big heart, very friendly, and almost never fights with her friends.' It did 'my heart' good to know that this little girl is now in a place where she can safely create art and that the 'bad stuff' is hopefully behind her. This, too, is Israel's next generation.


Pre-kindergarten, Tel Aviv

It was 33 degrees in the Ashdod market today. A dust-laden, suffocatingly hot wind called hamsin was blowing in from the desert. As I walked through the market I spied this man with a long white beard, gentle eyes and wearing a suit (imagine.. in this heat!). I approached him and asked if I could take his photo. He surprised me when he said, 'yes' right away. His English was rudimentary but he did tell me his name was Eli. I pointed to a white sheet of paper and asked what it was. A nearby merchant heard my question and translated for us. Eli, an Orthodox Jew was collecting money to help indigent women in the community. I gave him a donation and we parted ways. Later we passed each other in the market once again and this time he nodded in my direction and I smiled back.


Niza at the Craft Market

I visited a craft market today. There were at least 100 crafts people displaying their wares. This woman, Niza who creates wonderful whimsical necklaces stood out from all the rest. She agreed to be photographed but catching a full-face image of her was next to impossible. She was in constant motion as she spoke. Our chat went like this.
Me: Did you ever study art at school?
She: Never. All the creativity I have came from my mother.
Me: Are you married?
She: No, I'm not married but I have a boyfriend.
Me: Is your boyfriend as creative as you are?
She: Not at all. But if he didn't 'feel creativity' inside I'd never keep him as a boyfriend.


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