Birkat Hachama

I covered the “Blessing of the Sun” the other day, a Jewish mitzvah that only occurs once every 28 years, and put together a short video for the P-D. It was one of those events that again made me realize what I love about this job: to enter a culture that I otherwise wouldn’t know anything about and embrace my own curiosity for the way other people live. (I often wonder about the line, or lack thereof, between journalism and sociology…)

This shot is an odd outtake that struck me a few days later, kind of a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a photographer/videographer in a place like this. We stick out like sore thumbs, especially with all our gear, but being respectful and open-minded allows people to feel comfortable with you in their presence.