jonathan bloom : photographer
Dzjora Verbeke, March 28th 2020
"I'm in the middle of a photographic project, taking pictures of a fork. My teacher named the fork Freddy. I was inspired by a book about a prisoner who befriends a cockroach in his cell. I imagined that Freddy is my only friend and I photographed us together as if I was angry with him."
Meitar & Tzur, March 28th 2020
"Normally I'm really busy - studying medicine full time and working weekends in a plant nursery. It's actually been quite nice, having a break with Tzur and spending some time improving our apartment." Meitar
Nancy, Hari & Hagar, March 28th 2020
"My husband recently passed away, so it's been good for us to be at home, together. On the other hand, it's hard not having a routine. We try to do a short walk in the field behind our house every day, and there's a hilarious exercise lesson on Facebook: "Elevensies with Lorraine". " Nancy
Agi Bar Sela, April 4th 2020
"I have witnessed depression from up close - it's the most serious affliction among the elderly and even more so in isolation. I'm lucky not to suffer from it, but you can't keep people isolated at home without thinking about the effect on their minds."
Tamuz, Hadas, Arik & Neta, March 31st 2020
"I hope that from this period people will learn to slow down a bit, find pleasure in the trivialities of life and stop chasing money and thrills." Hadas
Adi, Kobi, Omri & Daniella, March 29th 2020
"I've got an app on my smartphone that tracks my fitness. Normally I would get to around 8,000 steps a day. It's now dropped to around 800, and that's on a good day. I'm getting notifications from my phone telling me that my health is in danger!" Kobi
Melech & Ecki, March 27th 2020
"The Corona virus should have united our society, but instead we are seeing increased tribalism. The difference in the way the Haredi, Arab and Poor sectors are being treated - it's as if we were talking about a different country. Hope? Let's just hope that we get through this." Melech
The Namia-Cohen Family, April 1st 2020
"When I come home from work [as a health-care worker] the children run to me, but I can't hug and kiss them until I've got out of my work clothes and showered. It makes me cry. When our lives are threatened, we learn to differentiate between what's important and what's insignificant." Sigal
Tamara Yusopov, March 29th 2020
"I don't leave the house at all. It's hard. Sometimes I cry because I can't see my grandchildren."
Intimacy & Isolation
Intimacy is at the heart of portrait photography, so what happens when the closest you can get is looking through a door, a window, or up at a balcony; when the space between you and the subject becomes part of the subject in itself? With the outbreak of the Corona Virus Pandemic and the majority of the population staying at home to avoid contamination through social interaction, I decided to explore this theme.