The Faces of the Uniform – First Days

Whether you have been watching the news from abroad, or actually live in Israel, you know by now that it is not the safest time. Most people are nervous and suspicious of everyone around them even when just taking a walk to the store. It breaks my heart to see people feel this on a daily basis.  I won’t get into the politics of why, you can discover that on your own, but what I want to do is recognize that there is still beauty and beautiful people amongst the worried.

Ive rented a car and been taking drives on my own to get a good lay of the land. I spent some time walking around the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, where everything from fruits, to spices, to cell phone cases are sold. The man below is Ezra. I met him at the end of my walk at a coffee stand and he wanted me to take his photo. He spoke zero English and I speak zero Hebrew, so it wasn’t the most eventful conversation, instead it was about 15 minutes of smiling and nodding and coffee drinking.

That night I decided to not really heed the advice I had been given and drive to Jaffa. I stayed within the touristy areas where it was less likely I would run into any trouble. I can’t lie, it took me a solid 10 minutes to get out of my car after I parked. With that day full of news of stabbings, stone throwing and attacks, it was the first time I ever had to question getting out of my car to take photos. I was pleasantly surprised when a name named Abraham came out of his restaurant that I was photographing, invited me in, and offered me lemonade on the house. He wanted to show me that he had the best view of Tel Aviv of the whole city, and he certainly did! He was probably in his 70s and very soft spoken, but still being weary I looked around for every escape route just in case and thought to myself in third person “Erica you can definitely outrun him”.

Next images to come of a wonderful soldier who is small but mighty and has wonderful stories to tell!



Abraham –