Jamie Margolis: Blog https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Jamie Margolis (Jamie Margolis) Sun, 18 Apr 2021 11:25:00 GMT Sun, 18 Apr 2021 11:25:00 GMT https://www.margolisphoto.com/img/s/v-12/u248123531-o974006704-50.jpg Jamie Margolis: Blog https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog 90 120 When New and Old Merge https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/4/when-new-and-old-merge This is a point in time, in my life, in my career where I am pondering about where to go next.   As an educator of 40-years, I do feel the need now to explore other options but the leaving of the old and venturing at this stage of life into the new is extraordinarily challenging.   

When I photograph animals, and I do apologize if images of zoo animals offend some, but they do exist in these settings whether we agree with this or not.   I try to capture their beauty, grace, and if possible something deeper, something other.  During my two-week spring break, I did a good deal of photographic learning.  I finally get the hang of TK panels thanks to Sean Bagshaw's great tutorial.   It was 49 videos of learning and really did take the entire vacation.  Thirty-five notecards worth and a ton of practice.  Yet, how long can one keep the methodology of anything in their head if they don't practice?   The new can never become the old if you don't take time to practice. 

So here is to old elephants whom I pray are happy, and that they are always being well-taken care of as I feel this one has been at the Attica Zoo outside of Athens.  Here is to merging new and old in some type of harmony. 

 

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/4/when-new-and-old-merge Sun, 18 Apr 2021 11:25:03 GMT
"When I was 15..." https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/2/-when-i-was-15

The wonderful photographer Cole Thompson (https://colethompsonphotography.com/) posted this in a note and I am passing it on here.  I do suggest that all people should go to Cole's site to not only view his work, but also to learn something from him for he has so much wisdom.   

 

“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.

 

And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”

 

And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”

 

And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”

 

- Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/2/-when-i-was-15 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 19:12:43 GMT
Living in the fog https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/1/living-in-the-fog I am hesitant to make an analogy between my images and the fog of now that envelopes us, but I am going to go down that path with the intent of not insulting anyone or trying to sound preachy or political.  That is not my intent.  As I write this, I am still an educator at the American School here in Israel and as we are back in lockdown, back to virtual learning.   The new strain of COVID is scary, daunting, and presents an unknown that helps to confuse the future.   The vaccine has arrived, but some of us are hesitant.  Some of us are not.   The political situation in the US is also scary, daunting, and presents so much unknown about the future.   This fog, this mist, that blurs the lines of what we think we see versus what is actually there, reminds me of this image I took during the summer in Odem which is located in the Golan Heights.  Odem, even without the fog, is located in a region that too has its own blurring quality and is next to El Rom where one of the fiercest tank battles took place.  

I look for beauty in what is easy to see and I look for beauty in what is smoothed out by the mist that nature sometimes provides.   This old oak tree that sits in a field in Odem has seen a lot.  Surrounded by a crown of thistles and rounded smooth by the cattle and goats that eat its lowest leaves, it persists and flourishes.   Perhaps this tree is a sign, an allegory for something bigger and more remote... perhaps.  Maybe we'll never know.  

Tree In OdemHow nature accepts the fog and mist to become beautiful and mysterious.

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/1/living-in-the-fog Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:42:06 GMT
Using Time https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/1/using-time With my vacation at its end, our travel during the last week that we had planned canceled due to another "lockdown," I reflect on what I learned photographically for that's what this blog really is about in the end run. 

I decided to return to some basic skills that I learned in the past but have forgotten, but I also decided to work on some black and white techniques (programs) that I think meet my artistic needs.  The problem with some of these techniques is that they are, to me, so very complicated and difficult to retain.  However, I have gone slowly over the past few weeks and inched forward with my learning.  At the end of this break, I find that I have accrued a good number of skills and the palette of my black and white is smoother, with whites that appeal more to me and blacks that have greater depth to my eyes.   The image below used a bunch of these techniques and is from my small Fuji XT2 but has, at least to me, a bigger camera look. So here's to 2021 and great images, walks in the woods, and health for our lands and the people who must take care of them.  

 

Evening Fog on Ricker PondEvening Fog on Ricker PondA mix of fog and smoke from campfires blow across Ricker Pond in Vermont. I was set-up in the pond as always hoping my tripod really was set!

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(Jamie Margolis) black and white ricker pond vermont https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2021/1/using-time Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:41:10 GMT
Missing Forrest https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/12/missing-forrest It was one year ago that I received a phone call when I was overseas that my dog, my beautiful and kind Forrest, was deathly ill.  I am one of those people who expresses their emotions explosively, to say the least.   I found myself in a hotel room bathroom crying hysterically into a towel with those animalistic and guttural cries of pain that can only be conjured up by the loss of something you care so much about.  It was one a.m. and Eva had Masterclass to teach (we were in Bulgaria) the next morning and willed herself to sleep.  I remained awake the entire night.   By 7 a.m. we received a call, the call, informing us that she had died.  I had prepared myself for this as best I could, but more cries of loss ensued.   

I can't include a photo here for it was a year ago and the pain has still remained to a degree I did not think was possible.  During the year, especially the months after this loss, I kept a journal of the range of emotions I experienced.  I collected these into a book I made, with many images, and called it "Letters To Forrest."  It helped greatly and I will always treasure the words (which are so hard to read now) and the images of her life.   

Tonight I laid her favorite toys on the couch where she slept so often.   I lit a memorial candle for her as well.  We spoke about her goodness and how content she was.  We also joked about how impossible it is to find a small dog, a puppy, during this time of COVID and how people have jacked up the prices in order to make a huge profit.   

I miss my dog.  I miss how she filled our house with her presence and how she made us laugh.   I miss my late night walks with her and talking to her as if she really understood.  I leave clothing by my bed each and every night for her (and also because I am sloppy) to sleep upon.  I hope she is with the people that I love most who are no longer in our lives.  I hope she is with my father, Michael, and Paulina who loved her so too.   Okay, enough of this far too personal website blog posting.   Next posting will have some images!

Jamie

p.s. Happy New Year to anyone reading this and be safe and healthy.   

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(Jamie Margolis) beautiful dog Forrest Poodle Yorkiepoo Yorkshire https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/12/missing-forrest Wed, 30 Dec 2020 18:11:33 GMT
Locking Down https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/9/locking-down Ricker PondRicker PondRicker Pond in northern, Vermont. Early morning light with a mist in the distance. Every so quiet and ever so beautiful.

 

One has to think that nature must rejoice when we are locked down.  The fish feed without fear of being hooked and brought into an environment where they are forced to breathe oxygen laden air and suffocate on what sustains us.  The forest animals have much less to fear and the sunrises and sunsets are quieter and more beautiful as the air has fewer pollutants to tarnish it.  

I suppose I am exaggerating, I do that a lot.  Looking back on this morning from several years ago, I remember the quiet after a hike on another pond and that I was drawn to the mist, the reflections, as well as the stillness I saw as I drove back to my campsite and then stopped when I saw this view right off the road.  I have always thought that the world would in many ways be better off without us and that we just don't have the ability to learn from our mistakes.  This has been reinforced with the lockdown we are experiencing here.  We were warned.  We knew that our behaviors would increase the risk of spreading this virus to others.  Yet we've chosen not to believe and not to care.  

There is quiet in the woods that I wish I could be near to at this moment.  There is a calm that soothes the soul. 

 

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/9/locking-down Sat, 26 Sep 2020 15:51:16 GMT
Odem and Mountain Bike Riding https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/8/odem-and-mountain-bike-riding We are in Odem in the Golan Heights for the second time this summer.  It is cool here at night.  Cooler than most areas during the day in Israel at this time of year.  Today I completed a mountain bike ride I began yesterday and then found myself doing much of what I did yesterday again.  Strange.   I found so many images that I have stored in my head for another time, another season, and will come back again now to pursue these images in the next few years.   I was surprised with how I could still climb.   Near El Rom the concussive sounds of tank shells and the persistent machine-gun fire caused me to pause and think about where I was and what the history of this part of the world means to Israelis and Syrians.  We have battled hard against each other.  Our fear and our hate are never-ending.   But I was mountain biking and there were miles to go and hills to climb and a little extra time in the hills where the Druse farm so beautifully.  Yet this extra time and the missing piece to this trail was puzzling.  Perhaps I missed a turn or the trail was just different than I had thought it was.   

 

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/8/odem-and-mountain-bike-riding Wed, 19 Aug 2020 21:51:43 GMT
Letters To Forrest is finally complete... https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/8/letters-to-forrest-is-finally-complete To those of you who know me well, you'll know that I love animals and have always loved them to my core.   I grew up with cats and transitioned to dogs since I have lived in Israel.   

There is not an animal I had that when he or she died, the feeling of deep loss did not permeate my soul and leave me both better understanding how limited our time is in this world, and how very extraordinary it can and should be.

The loss of Forrest, however, has hit me in a way that I still don't fully understand or comprehend.  Maybe it's my advanced age, maybe it's the uniqueness of who she was, and maybe it's just mental and hormonal changes we go through as we age and have to deal with loss.  I miss my friend.  It's that fucking simple.  

Though this has been an up and down summer as we have not been able to go back to the states, we have explored areas here and I have completed projects that I promised I would do if I just had the time.  Writing my book on Forrest was my main project and it is done.  Here is the link if you are interested in reading this book and seeing the images that I included:   LINK PRESS HERE

We have spent a good deal of time in the Golan this summer as well.  Time in Odem was amazing, to say the least.   The upper altitude means it's much cooler.  But prices to stay in these places are beyond my means.   I rent my place in Vermont for $115 a night.  It's a HOUSE and people still complain that it's too much (man, Americans are really spoiled).  Here, these tiny rental rooms start out at about $250 a night and that's cheap.   I miss my Vermont and I miss simple things like fresh spring water that I can bring back to the house or onions from a fruit stand up the street (which is what the following image is all about): 

OnionBeautiful Onions Near My House in VT

So what more can I say?  Letters To Forrest is the best work I have ever done and I only hope that in twenty years, my granddaughters will take a few moments to read about her and remember the times we all had.  They were such good times and when they were not, Forrest made them seem like they were.  

Much love-Jamie

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/8/letters-to-forrest-is-finally-complete Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:38:10 GMT
Good VS Better https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/6/good-vs-better I was viewing this guy's Youtube channel and in his video he said he didn't expect his photo to be "good."  I posted, foolishly for you set yourself up for getting flamed when you are honest that, " Seems to me we should always expect our photographs to be good. But sometimes, we should expect them to be better."   

I was thinking that as I was making my breakfast. It made me think about a photo I took in Bulgaria and how when I was taking it I wondered if the conditions would make this a "good" image, but my mood, my feeling, told me that it would be and that this beautiful stream needed to be photographed.  Thankfully, I was able to work through the detritus and come up with something that was "better" and also helped me to remember something not directly related to the image itself.  

Clear Water in DevinClear Water in DevinI was hiking along the Devin River in Devin, Bulgaria. It was a cold winter day and there was little color and blustery winds. Later there would be snow squalls. This trip will always be in remembrance to Forrest, my beautiful dog, so each image is special. It's one of those streams that she would have loved to walk.

 

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(Jamie Margolis) Bulgaria Devin water https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/6/good-vs-better Mon, 08 Jun 2020 04:01:15 GMT
Rocks and Things https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/6/rocks-and-things Our world is imbued with wonder that sometimes knocks you over the head.  Yes, I would love to travel to the distant regions of the world and always have access to the wonders.  However, there are times when you are heading down a trail in a nondescript area and you see a stone wall with patterns embedded in rock.  The light is challenging.  If you have planned ahead, you have a tripod with you and can take a few images to blend later.  Then you can pull out the shadows and give them depth and texture.  You can find your highlights and let them shine.  You can also dial back the brighter areas that are going to distract you later when you come back to the image to view and enjoy.  All of these criteria are part of the image below.  I could never have even gotten it to the point where it is now if I had not worked over the past few years to learn at least the basic skills that I now have.  I wish it was as easy as hitting a button and it would come out as you envisioned.  At least for me, it is not.  I don't want to miss these subtle features of our world that are as important as a view of The Canyon of my youth.  Well, at least kind of close.  

Rock Pattern NorwayRock Pattern NorwayWhite streaks on rock with a hint of light from the left.   

 

 

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/6/rocks-and-things Sat, 06 Jun 2020 17:20:38 GMT
A Life of Iterations https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/5/a-life-of-iterations A lot of life  is intricately tied to the various iterations that are imposed upon us or which we end up imposing upon ourselves.  Today I took the image I am posting here through numerous iterations.   It began with the basic changes that I made to the image and then got intense with close to two-hours of dodging and burning and then tweaked again and again.   After this, I started thinking about how to tone this image and what made the mountains and clouds of Norway come to life in a way that I perceived it when I took this image.  It was a calm morning in the middle of the summer and the clouds were lightly lit by a sun that had never really set.  Also, I already had this image on my website here but I never liked it as much as I felt I should.

So I posted this new iteration on a Fuji site on Facebook where I sometimes include my images.  My stuff usually does not get a lot of looks, but if I put a cute photo in, a macro of a flower with bright colors, or a super sharp butterfly in flight, well then these images get lots of feedback.   

I then put the following above my photo:   “Though Photoshop has so many gadgets we can use, I find and found with this image that the best tool I could use was the dodge and burn tool and a Wacom tablet.   It takes a great deal of time, focus, and sitting back to evaluate how the slight tonal variations make an image come to life.  There is no warp tool, super clarity or sharpening tool, or clone tool that was or should (in my opinion) be used in nature photography beyond the most minimal tweaks.  Our attention should be drawn to the subject by how real it looks not by how creative our Photoshop skills are.”

One Day Later:    So the image did not even garner a comment or any feedback at all.  It is certainly not spectacular in its uniqueness and is nothing more than water, mountains, and clouds.  Were these iterations too mundane? Should I have elongated the main peak and threw in an ethereal beam of light hitting this mountain?  

But it is not social media only.   There are a lot of fine art sites where the images have this other quality that I recognize but either don’t have the skills to emulate or the desire to attempt.  So I plod on with images like the one on this page that depict a natural world that is multi-layered and with each iteration helps me to better understand both the art of nature and its potential.  

Yet, I think it is fallacious for any photographer to suggest that they only take images for themselves.  Every photographer has an audience for their images tucked in their mind.  I do want my immediate family to enjoy many of my images.  I do want my images published and though I do sell to stock agencies, I would prefer that they are published in true fine art venues.  When they are shown in such a manner, and though the audiences may be smaller, they are better understood it seems to me.  Not sure what other photographers think on this subject and getting back to the iterations theme this has wandered from, I wonder to what degree we create iterations specifically for the venues where we are showing these images or if there really are some people who go year after year creating images only for themselves and live their lives in a state of obscurity but maintain their personal vision.   Morning Mountains in NorwayMorning Mountains in NorwayThe sky at 4 in the morning called me out of bed. They layers of clouds and the deep hues renders in black and white and color with so much beauty.

 

 

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(Jamie Margolis) and black burning dodging norway photoshop white https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/5/a-life-of-iterations Sun, 10 May 2020 06:55:52 GMT
Shrugs https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/4/shrugs We are all aware of the challenges that this COVID-19 poses.  If you are over 60 or have any health issues, then you are just that more fearful.  

So what have you been doing with your time?

I have gone back to black and white school.   I missed it greatly and the more images that I have of late worked on of late as black and whites, the happier I have been.   Yet, I am overwhelmed with the number of ways that one can process an image.  From the myriad of Photoshop tricks to the endless number of plugins that some of us have bought and maintained over the years.  

One photographer who I know (though have never met) is Cole Thompson. I have enjoyed Cole's images for a good number of years now, and have written him letters to discuss both his creativity and vision as well as technical issues. Cole keeps it smart and keeps it simple.  He converts his images to black and white in a basic way and then dodges and burns with a Pen and Wacom tablet.  His results, as you can see on his site, are stunning.  However, you can have the most perfectly exposed and perfected photo and it can end up saying nothing.  Cole's work always seems to have a message and always seems to have meaning.     

So this is what this post is getting at.  While we were in Bulgaria we went into the mountains outside of Devin.  A very light snow had fallen at the altitude where we were but a more significant dusting covered the higher peaks.  I loved how the snow streaks flowed down the mountains.  When I showed Eva the RAW file on the computer.  she shrugged her shoulders.   However, I felt that there was something here, something that brought back the memory of the mist and quiet as well as wind and cold.   It took some time, but after a huge crop to the sky (sorry sky), I saw what I had been looking for.  I ended up doing a great deal of dodging and burning and took out distracting elements.  

When I saw the image on the screen, it made me feel good.  Made me happy.  Made me think of that walk and my excitement when I saw the clouds wrapping themselves around the mountain; changing shapes in the winds that at our altitude were so strong.   I showed the image to Eva on my screen with great excitement.  She shrugged.  I love photography!

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/4/shrugs Sun, 19 Apr 2020 16:45:38 GMT
Inner Projects https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/4/inner-projects Inner Projects Hungry SkyThe clouds kept reshaping themselves and then looked like they were about to eat the new buildings in Ramat Gan.

Over the past few days, I have been contemplating the inner projects that one can commit to during this time of COVID-19. There is a lot that each of us can address in regard to our inner workings.  I won’t go into this, for that’s not the intent of a photography blog, but suffice it to say, lots of work can be done. Lots should be done.  

My students have been learning online.  For some, it has been a bit of a challenge, while for others, they have figured out a way to work from home in this time of lockdown.  I am overall really impressed with how my school is endeavoring to keep the flow of learning proceeding through a situation that none of us have ever had to face before.  

Yet, my life is much more than just being an educator at the American School.  As I get ready to retire, well hopefully, I realize that retirement will give me the opportunity to fully engage myself in photographic work.  When I first started in photography my greatest love was the darkroom and the beautiful black and white images that now and then would appear. Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love the beauty of black and white, a beautiful image is a beautiful image and if something looks better to me in color then I am not going to force it into grey tones.   Hummus BeansEva set out hummus beans and when I saw the reflection in the morning on the wood I grabbed my tripod and camera and got at it.

Yet there was something in my past, something that we carry with us as analog photographers, that is intrinsic to why we started spending so much time and money on this pursuit.  It’s the desire not to make a pretty picture, but instead to make a personal statement.

Being indoors now and looking in the distance at clouds as well as being so set apart from nature, is trying.  I am attempting to find interesting shapes and patterns that exist outdoors and can be experienced from my window.  I am running after early morning light in my apartment looking for how it hits familiar objects and seeing if they suddenly look interesting.  Most don't. However, up to this point, three have.  

So this is what this blog posting is all about.  It’s about three images. A crazy sky that appeared a few days ago and only lasted for a few moments.  Cranes and a Tower that I can see from the rear window in our place. Finally, my wife’s hummus beans soaking on our counter.  

My inner photographic project is keeping me busy and thinking.  Most of the images I just deleted as they were foolish and just did not work.  However, three did. May you all find some inner projects to get you by during this time.  


Cranes and TowerThe skyline here is filled with cranes. Soon the views that I get will be even more obliterated. Progress? For some yes. Give me my pine trees.

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2020/4/inner-projects Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:15:40 GMT
Hashana Rabbah https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/10/hashana-rabbah I was up ever too early to photograph at the Western Wall and found that there was a celebration occurring for Hashana Rabbah.  It was wonderful, enlighting, and soul lifting.  I took images of the celebration as well as Islamic sites as the sky took on its morning colors.  It was simply a stunning morning.  

 

Here is a link to the images:  Link

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(Jamie Margolis) Holy Jerusalem Jewish Judaism Kotel Land Middle East https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/10/hashana-rabbah Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:09:04 GMT
Reflections https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/10/reflections I find it very important throughout our lives to reflect and take account of what we have or have not done and where we need to go in the upcoming days.  Mind you, just staying home or in your neighborhood is fine as long as you are getting it done and achieving goals that you have set for yourself.  

It is easy, far too easy, to just sit back and do little.  We don't always have to challenge ourselves, but we better make sure that we set the bar high several times a year or we just get stagnant.  I teach, and though I am far from a great teacher, I endeavor to make a difference and to always learn in order to be better at my craft.  

But what I love most in life is photography.  Sorry G-ds of pedagogy, nothing brings me more joy than a beautiful image.  So back to reflections.  Eva and I had taken this nice walk in New Hampshire.  I could see storm clouds coming in and found a dirt road that dead-ended by a small pond (well that's how I saw it on the map).  When we got there, it started to rain.  Then it would stop.  I took images both with the rain falling on the water and then some with the water dead calm.  I ended up liking the calm for I could clearly see the reflections that for this image added the element of dimensionality that I was looking for and felt fit the mood of this place.  So the image posted here, worked on a bit, is a reflection and a statement of sorts.  Stop, look around and then move on.  When you have time, come back and revisit (in my case with Lightroom and Photoshop!).  

Jamie

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/10/reflections Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:33:12 GMT
Garden in Westminster https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/7/Garden This is a collection of photographs that I took in a garden in Westminster, Vermont in July of 2019.  It is from the garden of Gordon Hayward who is a well-known master landscape artist.  Click here to View the photos.  

There is also a bit of commentary that I will add.  WE do live in a world where we tend to scroll at rapid speeds seeing as much as we can, but never really stopping, slowing down, or inspecting carefully.  I tend to do this as well, but then I catch myself and make a conscious effort to see more by seeing less.  

Today I will visit a few galleries here in NYC.  Instead of trying to see endless galleries, something foolish for I know I'll start rushing and not of the patience to exam well the few images I am sure will speak to me, I will visit only one or two and then wander around and look at things and hopefully get an image too.  

But first, back exercises.  You don't wander well with a sore back.  Talk about words of wisdom.  

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(Jamie Margolis) and black color garden gardening gordon hayward vermont westminster white https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/7/Garden Fri, 26 Jul 2019 04:45:29 GMT
My Attempts https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/5/my-attempts I attempt with my camera to use it for environmental purposes.  I have been involved in an ecological program where I teach for many years, but as I am getting close to ending my teaching career, I will be resigning from this post.  I do hope that I find other venues where I can use photographs to depict the beauty of nature and those who try to protect it.  Here is an article was written about that program and contains two photos that I did.  Here is the link:

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(Jamie Margolis) AIS American Ecology GAIA Greece School https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/5/my-attempts Tue, 28 May 2019 18:33:27 GMT
The Clouds https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/4/the-clouds This Passover we went north.  For three days I felt the joy of no direction, of side roads I have not been down, of only glimpses at my watch.  Lots of clouds and lots of rain.  Snow in the north as we have entered deep into spring.  I am just starting to work on images, but these basalt walls struck me not because this photo is so perfect, but because of the geometry of these rocks and the patina of age.   Basalt Walls:  Ayit WaterfallBasalt Walls: Ayit WaterfallBasalt walls next to a waterfall in the Golan. There was just a bit of sunlight that day. I was lucky to find it.

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(Jamie Margolis) Ayit Golan Heights Waterfall https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/4/the-clouds Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:06:07 GMT
A Brief Time In The States https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/1/a-brief-time-in-the-states I travel.  I travel because it brings me joy and allows me to better see and understand the world.  To me, once you better understand the world, you have a reasonable chance of better understanding yourself.  Yet, with a 94-year-old mother who is succumbing to the challenges of dementia these trips back are essential and let me spend these last times with her.  

I was able to get in a few photographic hikes and here are the first ones that I kind of like.  I will include these in my galleries once I get back and link the to this posting.  

 

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(Jamie Margolis) https://www.margolisphoto.com/blog/2019/1/a-brief-time-in-the-states Thu, 03 Jan 2019 02:50:06 GMT