Who knew Tel Aviv had a beach? Images of a beach certainly don’t come too mind thats for sure but rather thoughts of conflict, riots and soldiers are conjured up. Oh what a surprise Tel Aviv was!
Tel Aviv does indeed have a beach with a promenade filled full of life. The promenade is about 4 – 5 kilometres long and can take several hours to walk, and its not hard to fill those hours with street photo opportunities, they are plentiful. I found that most people didn’t mind having their photo taken however I did come away feeling as though street photography is not done a great deal in Israel.
This may be because of the ongoing conflict that involves Israel and may be considered with suspicion or its viewed as something that is not cuturally acceptable. Either way I’m not sure and will have to do some more research.
Walking the promenade you will find many street cafes and restaurants, some with small bars that provide plenty of opportunity to sit down and rest with a cold beer while you watch the world go by. The promenande is most active in the afternoon and is filled with people who have come to enjoy a meal with family and friends or to simply watch the sun set on another day.
This photo of the boxers took a number of attempts to achieve. Unfortunately, this meant that I spent longer photographing the scene to capture the precise moment which resulted with me being asked if I was getting some good shots. It turned out that all three of these gents were expats, two Australians and one American who are working in Israel. What was even more surprising was that the all of us Aussies were from the same city back in Australia. What are the odds?
Some times, keeping your back to the beach pays off with photographic opportunities such as the three gents all crammed onto the bench. They stood out like a sore thumb, and they were just waiting to be photographed and it just had to be captured, I would also say that this is my favourite photo from the trip.
and don’t forget to turn around and watch the sunset, because you never know you might have another photographic opportunity stop right in front of you.