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rosepetals are red too

I suppose with all this depressing war news, there's something cheerful. A lot, in fact.

Rachel Papo is an American pro photographer born in Ohio in 1970, then raised in Haifa, went to an arts high school there, and was drafted into the military service as an Israeli Air Force photographer. Then she came back to the US and got an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her thesis was a photobook about young Israeli draftees, shot 15 years after her own service was completed: "I saw my reflection -- I was on the other side of a pane of glass -- observing a world I had once been a part of, yet I could not go back in time or change anything... the photographs serve as a bridge between past and present."

But she did find facets of herself.

No surprise. All photos are Bridges of one kind or another, even ones of bridges. They will take you anywhere in time, actually...

I think these two are especially warming. One of them is practically the only one without an M16 visible:

And the joy and laughter fairly jump out of all this exuberance:

And since every good soldier learns how to rotate his equipment:

For me, these beat any frosty Holland street or Gaza airstrike pictures any day, any time... even though she's ex-Air Force. And I bet there's another eighteen-year-old doing the same job right now this week.


Images from "Rachel Papo: Serial Number 3817131", copyright (c) 2004, 2005 by Rachel Papo
Book published by PowerHouse Books


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Jan. 1st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
You always post amazing stuff. What an interesting life she has lived so far. And the pictures? Well, I want to be that happy!

Speaking of happy, a very hapy New Year to you, Brad!
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
O Mia and Patty, Happy New Year's Day to both of you too, and Een Gelukkid NieuweJaarDag [which means the same thing!]

They don't really use all the capital letters like this, but it helps me, so that nothing is Lost In Translation.

Yeah... Rachel got to go to Saint Petersburg to a national ballet school and photo lots of the kids, including one who was cut; she also was hired to go backstage in New York to photo the cast getting ready for Cry Baby, the musical made from the John Waters film where at the time there was this unknown film actor named John Depp who... umm... made his big splash breakthrough.

I'm sure Mari can quote you the lines!

Anyway, Rachel's heart is in Israel and her photos there sure show it <3
Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
'Well, I want to be that happy!'

You will, yes, it's an advancing blessing, Mia. Maybe even this year! <3

And I adore how she is purring as her temple is stroked, while lying on top of her rifle. Purr, purr. You can hear it. Shows you what *** really *** matters, doesn't it...

I'd repeat 'make love not war' but that's the 60s, a long time ago :) :)

Is Rachel telling us that the things that really matter are timeless?

Edited at 2009-01-02 02:04 pm (UTC)
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