The People of Bethlehem

A young boy and girl from their doorstep in Bethlehem in 2007.

The streets of a refugee camp are very tight and built close together.

The homes and streets are literally built around the rocks of the hillside.

What I find the most interesting are usually the people that make up a place. Here is a woman in traditional dress in Bethlehem on the edge of Deheisheh Refugee Camp 2007.

People love to sit outside and chat in the shade during the hot days of summer.

Here the Young and Old of Bethlehem are seen.

Jerusalem

I happened to be at the Western Wall complex in Jerusalem on the 4th night of Hanukkah, 2009.  The Hanukkiah was in preparation to be lit and the sun was slowly setting.  As I waited in expectation for the lighting to occur I noticed that a religious Jewish woman was having her wedding portrait taken in the woman’s section of the Western Wall complex.  A vision in white in the midst of a sea of black.

This was an especially poignant moment for me, as I was heading home the next day, and was in truth saying goodbye to a place that felt like home.