your mistake was a hidden intention

Spice shop, Nachalat Binyamin street, south Tel Aviv.

All the guide books tell you that this area is a “bustling spice market”. It’s not a market . There are a lot of very old fashioned shops selling enormous amounts of fresh spices, teas, herbs, dried fruits, nuts… It has a very Eastern feel. A lot of the shops have been around for a long, long time. You can smell the spices before you see the shops. You can hear the shopkeepers talking Hebrew, Jewish Arabic dialects, Persian, probably even Ladino.

It was hard to get this shot. The light wasn’t great, the streets are very narrow and there was the grandmother and grandfather of traffic jams, a jam that started in the 1960s and has shown no sign of abating. In this shop, a very elderly man had fallen asleep listening to news on the radio (you might as well).

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7 comments on “your mistake was a hidden intention”

  1. It’s hard to tell if this is a current image..or one that was taken a very long time ago. Love the timelessness of it. Amazing that people still manage to eek out a living from shops like this. Nice one!!!

  2. I was wondering about your almost Freudian title for this image similar to: “there are no accidents”? And yes, I agree with Marcie it looks like a place from another time and since they have been around for a long time you have described it very well visually. It would be great to be able to smell it also :}

  3. hmmm, that title seems familiar to me…a song lyric? i know it’s going to bug me now…

    and distract me from the shot. i love wandering this kind of place; it does have an eastern feel to it.

  4. gorgeous photo. i love the light on the sacks. (holga?)

  5. Looks like a great place to wear my white robe and do some shopping before I go and perform acts of purification. :)

  6. I like the softness of the image, that sense of movement, as if taken whilst walking

  7. My first impression was that the frame was taken during you running (away from something?)
    Dunno why.. Maybe it’s the blurry feeling + the dramatic black and white conversion?
    I love how your photos effect me. Each one opens a whole story for me.


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