Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jewish Man

This is a picture of an old Jewish Man. The photograph was taken in 1919 near Jerusalem. The photograph was taken in Black and White, and was hand tinted by the photographer shortly after the picture was taken. Looking at the picture, you really wish there was some way to know this man's story.

14 comments:

  1. Fascinating photo, I wish we knew who he was and more about him.

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  2. Wow, I'd like to paint this picture. His face and body speak volumes.

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  3. I'm always surprised how well the retro colored images turn out. It really makes the older pictures more real and interesting.

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  4. A fascinating study. It really does make you want to know more about the man...who he was, what he was thinking, feeling, when the photo was taken...

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  5. The mans face and expression are so interesting as said. I am wondering about his walking stick. The circles near where his hand is and what looks like a split above them. Wondering if it had another purpose like a sword cane or something, doesn't look like part of a design.

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  8. Let's try this again....my computer is having a serious lag problem.

    I wanted to say that this looks like a bamboo cane. Usually the sword canes were straight and although you can't see the top of this cane, the way his hand is angled I'd bet it has the typical crook instead of being straight. The "buttons" near his hand could be a type of tack to hold the crook into the bamboo base (?). Just a guess.

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  9. I am amazed at the quality of the tinting - not to mention it's surviving 90 years or so. The photographer was quite an artist.

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  10. You are right Heather, it does appear to be bamboo and the circles are likely as you say. So much for any intrique, just a wonderful photo

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  11. I think he's an ancestor of my friend Nathan. This picture looks oddly familiar.

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  12. Looks like a face from the Old Testament--or someone Rembrandt would paint.

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