Holiday snaps are like cheese, or chutney, they take many years to become vintage and only then are they worth your time at all. I don’t know whether you could call these candid, knowing shots of Palestine “holiday snaps”, but they are certainly worth at least 10 minutes your time. The best thing about this collection of images is how refreshing it is to see part of the world with such a warm, loving light shone all over it. From a palpable snap of the rooftop orange garden to the image of the tea and olives, you can almost feel and taste what it’s like to be there in that city at that moment.
Interestingly, the sharp-eyed photographer behind these atmospheric shots was a bit of a mystery to us, someone we had just come across on Flickr. We emailed Maren asking her to tell us a little about herself and received this lovely paragraph back:
“I am not sure what I should tell you about myself. I grew up in a small ugly (but sexy-ugly) town in Eastern Germany as the oldest of four really badass siblings, then moved to Berlin (where my dad is from) five years ago. Right now I’m studying at The Cooper Union School Of Art in NYC. I took the photos of Palestine and Israel last fall when I was studying at Bezalel Academy Jerusalem for a semester. Obviously I could write a really long essay about the whole situation there and my opinions on it but I am sure the pictures tell a lot more/different things, and I guess whoever looks at those should be as free to think whatever they want.”