Tales of the Carmel Market

 

I don’t think I know anyone in Israel that didn’t spend some (or most) of their time in Dizengoff center, King George street and the Carmel Market as teenagers. Teenagers from across the country come there to meet up with friends, go shopping or just spend their time there. Even “Center Kids” (that’s how we call all the emo kids in Dizengoff center) has become a part of the israeli slang, so basically, it’s part of growing up in Israel.

Back in junior high, going there with my friends was some sort of ‘event’ we prepared to for a long time – we saved money and planned it for months – when to go, what to buy, where to go, even what to wear lol.

There are many ways from the Kirya (General Staff base, where I served) to the beach, and at 20 years old, (just like at 13!) my favorite route goes through those places. So, on my last week of service, when heading to the beach to take some sunset shots (that will be a post on it’s own) it was obvious for me that I have to take bus #63 to Dizengoff center. (And let me tell you, bus #63 is forever overcrowded. You’re lucky if you find a place to sit!)

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Ben Zion blvd. is located right next to Dizengoff center, in the Ben Zion, Bugrashov and King George st. junction. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/7.1,ISO 160 @18mm.

When I got off at Dizengoff center, I continued to King George st. (Dizengoff center is great for shopping, and it’s a photography journey on it’s own. With it’s 2 buildings, 5 stories each, not getting lost in it is a miracle!).King George st. is home to all kinds of small stores selling everthing, ranging from jewelry, clothes, shoes to books and vintage itmes. There’s even a museum somewhere in there.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/5.6,ISO 200 @105mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/5.3,ISO 500 @70mm.

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Bikes are a common transportation mean in Tel Aviv. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/5.6,ISO 160 @66mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/4.5,ISO 250 @38mm.

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Architecture in Tel Aviv. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/9,ISO 160.

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Architecture in Tel Aviv. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/9,ISO 100 @70mm.

After a few minutes of walk I reached the junction between the Carmel Market, King George st., Allenby st. and Sheinking st. Like Dizengoff center, these streets are photography (and shopping) journeys on their own, hopefully I’ll get the chance to go there sometime soon.

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The Market – not crowded as usual, since it was late afternoon and many stalls were already closed. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/3.5,ISO 1250 @18mm.

You can find almost everything in the Carmel Market. The first stalls sell clothes, jewelry, some make up (mostly fake brands, I wouldn’t reccomend you bying it from there!), shoes and sunglasses. The later half of the market is all about food – veggies, candy, spices, baklava.. Both parts are fun to shoot.

Most sellers are rather suspicious when I take pictures, so I always ask their premission, trying to avoid argumens and misunderstanding. Maybe it has something to do with me wearing uniform (they tend to think I’m an IDF photographer haha). Starting from next week, I’ll no longer be wearing my uniform, so let’s see if it makes any difference. (I’m betting that I’ll be mistaken for a tourist, agian).

 

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/5.6,ISO 200 @105mm.

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Sometine being out of focus has it’s advantages. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/7.1,ISO 400 @105mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/5.6,ISO 640 @105mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/5.6,ISO 1250 @105mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/5.6,ISO 1250 @105mm.

And off to the food section:

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Candy are always fun to shoot. I think that I have dosens of candy photos, from every time I’ve been to the market. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/5.6,ISO 250 @105mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/5.6,ISO 320 @105mm.

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The Belgian Flag. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/5.6,ISO 400 @105mm.

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Baklava. If you haven’t tried some – go do it now! Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/5.6,ISO 400 @105mm.

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This seller was rather nice and even agreed for me to take his photo. But for some reason, he didn’t want to look at the camera. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/9,ISO 250 @30mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/9,ISO 640 @105mm.

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Nothing says summer like pineapples. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/9,ISO 640 @58mm.

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And nothing says end of summer like a ripe pomegranate. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/9,ISO 100 @58mm.

Once you exit the market, you’ll see something very typical to Tel Aviv – The contrast between poverty and wealth. It’ll take only 5 minutes by foot to get to the beach. In the first 2 minutes, you won’t want to stay any longer than you should and you won’t be looking around – because you’ll be standing in one of the dirtiest, neglected and discusting areas in Tel Aviv. The remaining 3 minutes might turn in to 10 or even 15 minutes – suddenly, you’ll be surrounded by new homes and skyscrapers, in a rather wealthy area.

So in those 3 minutes, I did stay. And took some nice shots:

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/9,ISO 1000 @80mm.

Last year, I took a photo of 2 kittens at the exact same location, and I think it’s one of them 🙂 The residents of that home take good care of the cats and feed them – in fact, this one was eating when I came by.

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Taken last year.

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Another feline friend. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/8,ISO 450 @105mm.

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The city that is forever under construction.  Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/8,ISO 140 @105mm.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/100s, f/8,ISO 140 @105mm.

At this point I had reached my original destination – the beach, and the photos taken there will be posted as soon as possible (as soon as I’ll finish processing them – this time, I tried some panorama shots!) and the story of my lost CPL filter (as partialy seen on my instagram) will be told.

High quality images will be avaliable soon on my flickr account 🙂

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. The Dreamer says:

    Beautiful images! The way you described the distinction in wealth reminded me of what I experienced in Mumbai; one second, slums and the next skyscrapers but the ones in the skyscrapers never seem to see the slums!

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    1. zer0distance says:

      Thankyou! And yeah, that contrast forever unexplainable to me.

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