Motke Blum, Jewish Artist

My friends and I had the privilege of meeting Motke Blum in Jerusalem one day, as we visited his shop down in the Artist area outside of the Old City of Jerusalem.  His humble spirit and great artistry were evident as we spent time with him.

Here is the link to his website: http://www.motkeblum.com/

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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.

Cultural Experiences

We all have cultural experiences everyday, whether we realize it or not.

Personally, I love cultures, and I have a great respect for what makes life lived well.

Through our day to day interactions, our countries, our homes, our families and our friendships.

All described and express through our: art, music, film, cuisine, languages, fashion, technology, history, & photography.

What these cultural things are portraying is the integral areas that make us who we are.

I believe that what you see from the peripheries of what we do begins to detail the heart.