It has been stormy in Israel the last week. Stormy weather and even stormier regional politics igniting on our doorstep. On both fronts, the outlook makes me want to stay inside. I sit and watch the heavy clouds, angry trees and beating rain through the window; I ground myself in front of the telly, watching the charges of a million Egyptian protestors igniting their own storm. It must be cold for them outside.

My space, the space between kitchen, sofa and telly, is a comfort as it feels like nothing could ever happen here, in my little bubble. I have been cooking a lot lately, although nothing has been documented. A double-layed coffee and walnut cake brought delight, which followed a less sinful beetroot tart.

The new year has been quite a significant one. Big changes and more to come. As I reached the big 3-0 two days before new year hit, deep down my gut told me  this year things would happen. A new year, a new decade in my life, and I would be finally taking the driving seat. Finally, because it has been a long time waiting.

One thing of my ‘new’ things is to fully embark on my passion for photography. I have partaken in a project entitled “Fifty-Two Frames”, which involves a group of ammeter (me) and professional photographers (most of the others) in posting a photo once a week for a year on different topics. The photo has to be taken during that week and has to relate to the topic. Given my lack of recent foodie photos, I thought I would show you a few of my snaps taken around Tel Aviv for the “Fifty-Two Frames” project. I used my Nikon D40 or iPhone 4.

Theme 4: Street scene. I went around Jaffa’s flea market to grab shots at the end of trade.

These were my two runner-up shots.

Theme 3: Macro. I always strive to get six glasses of water down my throat, especially in Israel. I took a close up of the condensation inside the bottle that accompanied me for the day. The hebrew type is the ‘keep till’ date and underneath, ‘kosher for passover’.

Theme 2: Weather. Taken along Tal Baruch (the beachfront by north Tel Aviv). I found it difficult to capture ‘weather’ in a country largely defined by all-day sunshine, as when you think of weather photography, storms, rain and dreariness comes to mind. This lizard caught my eye, an inhabitant of the desert, lovers of heat and dry air.

Theme 1: Self-portrait. I used my iPhone and the application, Instagram. I found it hard to get a direct shot of my face, hence the mirror lent a hand.

This week, the theme is ’emotion’, as with weather, I am not sure how to capture this, unless I get a face of someone crying or laughing. Will keep you posted.

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3 Responses to A New Year for Photos

  1. Joanna says:

    I really like all these photos, great job!

  2. Joe Pinzone says:

    Dear Natalie,

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Israel and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 1-2 years or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. I wanted to know if you could help spread the word to expats you may know in the region. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

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