Thursday, September 13, 2012
I am back in New Franklin, Mo. photographing Lauren Burnett after a semester away in Denmark. It's great to be back out with the family again. Here is the start of the project from last fall Back and Forth (all video). I will continue shooting throughout the semester and produce a multimedia piece for My Life, My Town. Yesterday, however, was just about catching up with Lauren and her family. Just after I left in December, Lauren's best friend, (who is engaged to Lauren's brother), found out she was pregnant. When I visited I met her newborn daughter Taylor. The puppies that were born last fall were all grown up, too. It was interesting to see how time had passed, but more or less, it felt like I had never left.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This summer, I extended my photojournalism studies to participate in a photography workshop with Rita Reed, my professor at the University of Missouri, in Munich, Germany.
I was given a topic and roughly three days to shoot. The man I was assigned to, Gehrard, was a French Jew and Holocaust survivor who escaped France as a child. With the help of his friend's English and my broken French/Hebrew we talked about the Jewish community in Munich.
Gehrard did not want to be photographed outside of his camera shop, but directed me to the local synagogue, Ohel Jakob, which was just built in 2006. As a Jew visiting Germany, I was curious what the community was like.
I ended up exploring the role that women play in Judaism. Specifically, what does the next generation of Judaism look like in Germany? The topic is very personal to me, and I hope to continue it in Missouri and elsewhere. Below are the beginnings of my exploration and photos from Munich.
The word Binah means understanding and is one of the most powerful root words in Hebrew. The feminine-rooted word means the ability to reason, to see truth, and have a unique intuition that is said to be greater than mans.
Women’s role is essential in Judaism and this project explores the life of women in Munich, Germany and their ability to learn and create within Judaism despite the restrictions Jewish law places on their extent of involvement in practice.
|Book bags hang in the hallway of the Alexander Moksel Kindergarten in Munich, Germany. The school is part of the Jewish community of Munich and Upper Bavaria which create an environment to foster a new generation of Jewish education.|
|JilLea peers out her window at her home in Munich, Germany. She said it’s her favorite part of her room because she likes to watch her dog play in the yard. Their dog is forbidden inside the house for religious reasons.|
|Rabbi Arie Folger wraps tefillin and prays on the opposite side of the chain link that separates men and women during worship. Each sect of Judaism has different rules and customs regarding interpretation of Jewish law.|
|A woman reads psalms in the back store room of Danel Feinkost Kosher Food. The shop is the only all kosher foods store in Munich, Germany.|
|A woman peers into the window of the Einstein Jewish Center where people are setting up for the bat mitzvah celebration in Munich, Germany.|
|Challah, lox and deviled eggs are neatly laid out on a pink tablecloth in honor of the Bat Mitzvah celebration at the Einstein Jewish center in Munich, Germany.|
|Four 11-year-old Jewish girls whisper to each other during the dinner portion of the Bat Mitzvah celebration in Munich, Germany. The girls said they plan to have their own Bat Mitzvah in two years when they are of age.|
|A woman holds large pink candles to give to the girls participating in the Bat Mitzvah celebration. The girls lit candles on each table as a non-religious but ceremonial gesture.|
Monday, September 3, 2012
Went out to Midway to shoot the Epic Mud run. I ended up getting an err 30 on my camera so I shot the whole time on a 70-200 (with a cropped sensor) and an 85 for a bit at the end. It was definitely an exercise on shooting tighter but it was fun to play with. The best part was getting covered head to toe and sliding down a ten story slip n' slide into a pit of mud.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Football season has begun! I will be shooting Mizzou football home games this fall for the Jefferson City News Tribune. We got rained on a little the first game but Mizzou dominated with a final score of 62-10 against Southeastern Louisiana.