I first travelled to
Israel, the country existed in my mind as a place of mystery
and intensity – an image based upon the anecdotes of my friends who
had previously visited.
It was a scorching summer when I arrived in
Tel Aviv. In the heat, I could feel a sense of energy and life.
In this series, I explore the vast city as well as Jaffa and
My images were often captured from a doorless helicopter. Taking
off from a small airport, we flew over the bustling coastline,
passing Jerusalem and the Judaean Desert to the serene and silent
As we cruised in the hot desert sun, the juxtaposition between
these differing areas was so dramatic that I felt slightly
overwhelmed. I was drawn to the heavy formations of salt on the
shoreline. The unfolding extraterrestrial colours quickly became my
When the pilot pointed across the sea toward Jordan,
I felt the weight of the region’s history. My sights were focused
on unraveling a story below us.
Now I understand what my friends meant when they had told me
that Israel was “intense” – it brings together so many aspects of
the human experience and our existence. As I continue to travel
throughout the world, I will forever seek a place that brings
together so much energy, excitement and joy.
AT 1000 FT., Dinesh Boaz’s solo
exhibition opens on November 6th at the Robin Rice Gallery in New