Jerusalem is not only about holy sites, it is even more about holy light. Thursday afternoon, Jerusalem is getting ready for Shabbat and the best spot for street photography is the Machne Yehuda Market at the center of Jerusalem. A place where all different Jewish cultures mix with each other in one bakery, traditional recipes change hands over the spice and herbs shop, all wrapped by a special karma, the Jewish celebration of life starts here, and it happens every Thursday afternoon. But for the visiting street photographer it can be a confusing and overwhelming environment , it has so much to offer that it’s hard to focus your eyes on the best frames that will tell the story of your visit.
If you let the richness of details get to you and take the will of the camera you will come home with lots of photos of tomatos and strewberries but not so many photos that deliver the spirit of the place. One way I found very useful is to stop looking at the human story and start working only with the afternoon light. Then let the people walk into your frame.