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ETERNAL FLAME OF THE SHIN Kohan, Levites and the Star of David Songs of the Land, Mother Songs of the Land, Candles
 
ETERNAL FLAME OF THE SHIN

Songs of the land

I viewed the thousands of stones in the Jewish cemeteries throughout the Ukraine as artistic treasures of iconographic beauty and mystery. The headstones of the Kohanim, descendants of the Biblical priests, had hands joined in a gesture of blessing, while the pitcher pouring water represents the tribe of Levites, the assistant to the priests. Gravestones of women can depict candlesticks or other feminine symbolic graphics. These carved stones depict a visual history of the once vast community of Eastern European Jews, and serve as reminders of the people who lived in this place and died.

As a historic preservation photographer, I document sites being bulldozed or restored. As a fine art photographer, I choose my destinations to record the poetics of a place. There is an urgency about what I photograph because each is a painful reminder of our inadequacy as cultural stewards. I am drawn to the timeless nature of historic architecture because it is a repository of collective memories. From its ever-evolving essence one can understand the sites’ creative and passionate link to humanity.

More images from this series

PORTFOLIO
HE-SHE
   - FEMME FATALE

THE LADIES ROOM
   - MAITRESSE
   - THE BABE DEN
   - 100% PURE HEROINE
   - STRONG & SEXY
   - CHANGED LANDSCAPES

THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL

LIGHT DRAWINGS

WHITE LACE

DIVINE LIGHT
   - Jewish Women of the Bible
   - The Tefillin Project
   - Two Generations X Seven
       Emotions
   - HOME
   - Shabbat Prayers
   - songs of the land
   - Garments-of-Light
   - embodied light
    - divine dahlias
   - DANCE TO THE MUSIC
   - wrestling with leviticus 18:22
   - Hallelujah

BET HAYYIM

URBAN ARCHEOLOGY & MODERN RUINS

THE WORLD OF DOLLS

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016 -2017

PAINT BY NUMBERS
September 2016 - June 2016
Hebrew Union College-JIR Museum
One West Fourth Street, New York NY


“ETERNAL FLAME OF THE SHIN" - Photograph
Medzhybizh, Ukraine c.1800
(Formerly titled: “HANDS OF THE KOHAN”)
Dimensions: 14H x 20W inches
Framed: 18H x 24W inches
Year Completed: 2008
Medium: Hot Press Bright White Acid-free Fine Art Paper with Archival Pigmented Inks


TREASURED: HONORING PRECIOUS
AND VANISHING WORLDS

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center,
Solomons MD,
June 15 - August 26, 2012


SONG OF THE LAND
Hebrew Union College, Institute of Religion,
John H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles CA,
Jan 20 - May 31 2012

Photograph Hands of the Kohan from portfolio Bet Hayyim - House of Life


PHOTOGRAPH TITLES

Title: Hands of the Kohan. 
Medshybizh, Ukraine. 2008
Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.5 images,
Archival Mat: 19 x 25 inches
Medium: Hot Press 100% Fiber Cotton Fine Art Paper with Archival Pigmented Inks    Edition: 10

Title: Kohans, Levites and the Star of David.  Chernivtsi, Ukraine. 2008
Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.5 images,
Archival Mat: 19 x 25 inches
Medium: Hot Press 100% Fiber Cotton Fine Art Paper with Archival Pigmented Inks  Edition: 10

Title: Mother. 
Chernivtsi, Ukraine. 2008
Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.5 images,
Archival Mat: 19 x 25 inches
Medium: Hot Press 100% Fiber Cotton Fine Art Paper with Archival Pigmented Inks    Edition: 10

Title: Candles. 
Kremenets, Ukraine. 2008
Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.5 inches,
Archival Mat: 19 x 25 inches
Medium: Hot Press 100% Fiber Cotton Fine Art Paper with Archival Pigmented Inks   Edition: 10


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