Israel Photography Tour – Photo Experiences in the Holy Land
Israel Photography Tour – our sister company offering photo experiences in the Holy Land, offers the avid photographer a unique and memorable learning experience in this fascinating country. We have reunited with past guests that have taken tours and workshops with us in Barcelona and vice-versa, so we thought that making a blog entry introducing Israel Photography Tour is well overdue.
On their first trip to Israel, travellers are often surprised by the sheer diversity on offer. Not only by the contrast between the legacy of thousands of years of history together with incredible advancements in infrastructure and technology, but also by it’s incredibly diverse people. Due to it’s importance for the 3 great monotheistic faiths, you will find Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, literally overflowing with photogenic faces dressed in religious garb as the orthodox from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths wander the Old City. Head to Tel Aviv and you will be surprised yet again by the predominantly liberal and secular communities that reside there.
In fact, we cannot think of anywhere else in the world with so many contrasts and contradictions. Spending time in the country will allow you an insight into Israeli society and it’s complexities. As well as the general population, it’s inhabitants also include a rich variety of minorities. Israel has the largest Druze community outside of Syria, nomadic Bedouin Arabs, Arab Christians, Copts, Maronite Christians, Assyrians, Samaritans, Armenians, Circassians, African migrants and members of the Baha’i community all live together in this small stretch of land.
As an example of this melting pot of backgrounds from all corners of the world, and being a democracy, Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Ahmadi Muslims can practice their faith without fear. In fact, all faiths are accepted and enjoy exactly the same rights. You will find people from all backgrounds and faiths in it’s judicial system, medical fields, financial sector, the military, and every other important institution that makes up the country.
Here you will also find a rich diversity and a surprising variety of geographical landscapes in such a small area. From the pine forests of the hills around Jerusalem, or the barren Negev desert, the world’s largest erosional crater known as Makhtesh Ramon, to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, the landscape photographer will not be disappointed by the marvellous scenery found nowhere else on earth. And you can really get a sense of the history when exploring some of these locations. Photograph the rugged mountains overlooking the Red Sea at Magic Hour, and you can almost imagine Moses wandering from Mount Sinai to the promised land!
And then there is the flora and fauna. Many avid bird photographers visit the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee – one of the most important stops for bird migration routes between Europe, Asia and Africa. Tens of thousands of birds settle here temporarily before continuing their journey. Over 200 species of birds, including pelicans, storks, cormorants, cranes and egrets find refuge in the flooded valley. This is just a fraction of the 500 million birds from 500 species that pass through Israel during the migration season. Mammals, fish and other wildlife is equally diverse due to the country’s location between the temperate and tropical zones. The protection of flora and fauna is controlled in over 200 nature reserves being established since the creation of the state.
So with so much to offer the photographer, Israel Photography Tour offers various itineraries for photographers with various subject preferences, and are completely customised for the time you have available. Our popular Jerusalem and Tel Aviv day tours for example, are customised specifically for your photographic genre. This could include architecture, environmental portraits, street photography or night photography. Head out further afield and you can explore more photogenic cities such as Acre, Safed, Nazareth or Haifa. Discovering Israel’s areas of natural beauty and wildlife is a highlight for landscape and wildlife photographers. And we have put together a fabulous itinerary for portrait and travel photographers looking to photograph some of Israel’s unique faces. Our itineraries range from anything from 3 hour city photo tours, to multi-day photo trips around the country.
Let us show you what this exotic and fascinating country can offer the avid photographer. We would be delighted to hear from you! A link to our contact page can be found here.