jonathan bloom : photographer
Maayan Pitussi, Ashkelon Beach January 2019
"There's no lack of unpleasant sights in a nurse's work, but you learn to see the person in front of you and not their wound."
Rami Samoucha (standing) & Yitzhak Yemin, Palmachim Beach November 2018.
"We try to get down to the beach every day at sunrise... After a few hours here, you begin the day in a different state of mind." Rami
Dina Yarkoni, Rosh Hanikra Beach October 2018
"Most of my life I hated having my picture taken...but I changed my mind when I realised that in five years time I'll look back at my photos and see how beautiful I was."
Pipman Team, Sela Beach, Bat Yam October 2018
"The hardest thing in sport...[is] to get out of bed at five in the morning, especially if the weather's bad. What helps is the commitment to the group." Tami Shoham (3rd from right)
The Dumanski Family with their dog, Chuck, Dor Habonim Beach February 2019
"My maternal grandparents mined gold illegally from abandoned mines in the Ural Mountains. The mines were guarded, but a cannon shot would signal the end of a shift, at which point my grandparents would run into the mine before fresh soldiers arrived...The gold money vanished quickly because they drank themselves to death and didn't work...eventually my great-grandfather got a life-sentence for murder, but he evaded punishment by volunteering to fight in World War I." Dominik Dumanski
Jonah, Shlomi & Belai, Zikim Beach November 2018
"At the start of our service, the commander kept saying that he loves us. 'What are you talking about?', I thought to myself. Later, I understood that he was referring to a brotherhood where you look after one another. If you have an apple you share it." Jonah (on left)
Itzik Gitan, Poleg Beach January 2019
"I lost my arm in the Yom Kippur war. In the armoured division where I served over 100 soldiers were killed. Thousands more were wounded and suffer from trauma to this day...After a week in hospital I went home and forgot about the whole thing. The war had no effect on me."
Akiva, Avi, Joseph, Rachel & Atara Cohen, Neve Yam Beach December 2018
"The kids surfing class was cancelled this week because it was stormy. When they woke up this morning I said, "Instead of going to school, let's go surf!". They didn't argue." Avi
Olena Dobroslavsky, Nahariya Beach November 2018
"The main aspect which made us move to Israel was the Russian annexation of Crimea. Our business was destroyed."
Tess, Eyal (standing) & Itamar, Bet Yannai Beach December 2018
"I hitchhiked around the world on boats...The highlight was sailing from New Zealand to the Solomon Islands with a group of marine biologists. That's how I ended up studying Marine Sciences." Eyal
Yair Harlap, Hatzuk Beach December 2018
"There's a heated pool where I live in Bet El, but it's not the same. There's no chlorine in the sea. You can feel the blessed eternal. You are witnessing creation."
Adi, Anita, Ilana & Yoram, members of "Matkot Ashdod", The Arches Beach, Ashdod January 2019
"The beach is my psychologist." Ilana
Smulik Garciani, Achziv Beach Decemcer 2018.
"About 15 years ago...I found a champagne bottle with a note inside on the beach...A German couple, Brigitte & Bernd had thrown it into the ocean on a Mediterranean cruise. I got in touch by mail and we wrote to each other until one day I went to visit them in their village near Frankfurt."