Israel and Palestine
In December 2016, I was lucky enough to travel to Israel and Palestine for a photography and photojournalism workshop with the George Washington University and the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. Having no prior experience abroad, this trip was incredibly eye opening and I found myself trying to take it in in as many ways as possible.
I had always been aware of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but I had difficulty understanding it. In the United States, the “Pro-Israel” versus “Pro-Palestine” argument can be polarizing, with one side often neglecting the sentiments and religious beliefs of the other. Visiting the territory, I found that I didn’t feel that I had a say in the matter. I met Israelis and Palestinians who both had the same thing to say— “we want to live in peace”.
My work in Israel and Palestine was focused in the religious center of Jerusalem, where the two communities live side by side, separated from the rest of the land by a wall and under Israeli control. Within the wall, the city is divided between East and West with the only true mingling of cultures being the old city. Additionally, my work contains images from Palestinian territories in Bethlehem, the Judean Desert, and the Dead Sea.