Reflections from a two years long vagabond travel style
After completing the compulsory 3-year military service, traveling vagabond style is a phenomenon that has become part of the Israeli culture. Characterized by being low in money but rich in time. My trip lasted close to two years, and it was a response to an internal call to go out, experience freedom, and explore the world and myself.
Editing the photos from those years, I can see how digital technology has freed our approach to photography and made it a rich and inexpensive way to document our lives. Something that was not affordable with the 35mm film of the past. Looking at these photos also brings up thoughts about the relationship between a photograph and a memory. The famous photographer Ansel Adams said: “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” In my 1982-1983 photographs, I did not share Ansel Adams’ high aspirations; instead, I was just freezing a brief slice of wondrous experience in my memory bank. I am grateful to have these photos in such good condition. It’s because they were snapped as slides and not as a print film. Reflecting on memories from those years conjures up general impressions but not many specific details of travel itineraries.