Advent in Bethlehem 12 - Christ’s Birthplace
This was my third visit to the spot – just behind this group – which is seen and revered in tradition as the birthplace of Jesus. This Palestinian Muslim family were so keen for me to take their photo I couldn’t refuse. This birth of a Jew in Bethlehem which we will all celebrate in our own fashion tomorrow means so much to so many Christians and Muslims…..I’m not a member of either religion but the magic and enlightenment of this birth and the reports of the life which followed touch me deeply. I hope beyond hopes that this holy place once again becomes THE symbol of peace in a troubled world.
Have fun tomorrow....and today!
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ben-on-net (106) 2006-12-24 5:02
Wonderful photo in many ways, Peace to all, at this time, best wishes Ben
bantonbuju (51815) 2006-12-24 5:04
vast majority of poles will have fun this evening, celebrating the christmas eve... on following days we'll visit our friends and family members who do not spend today's dinner with us...
then 3 days off follow and yet another long weekend comes with a long lasting partying period...
hard to think that is some regions of the world it is not going to be that nice and enjoyable period... deep sorrow...
hope this family (and many other families wheather muslim, jewish, or christian or ... ) will have a chance to enjoy this period...
best wishes, j.
Paolo (41222) 2006-12-24 5:05
Hi Kev, amazing portrait of the family, with excellent quality and a beautiufl black and white.
Thanks, and merry Xmas and happy new year.
jasmis (57906) 2006-12-24 5:48
Important series, no doubt. Taken just in time. This one is also impressive one. Regards.
Polonaise (5802) 2006-12-24 10:58
Let it happen!
Let be it in the best meaning of that word.
There is always hope for those who believe in hope.
Being a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew - hope and inspiration should prevail...
Bless your soul, Kevin.
To the best of my judgment you are one of the most wonderful, heart warming persons on TE.
Your political views have a lot to do with your gigantic humanity values, with your highly spirited soul, with the gentleness of your behavior.
Merry Christmas to you and your beloved ones, from the bottom of my heart.
George G. & family
PS: A picture ?
As classy as it can be...
In every pair of eyes. In every face out here.
Stunning portrait. Excellent portrait. Very human portrait. Kevin's portrait.
jinju (14265) 2006-12-25 3:38
A Palestinian-muslim family, in a Christian holy place (holiest place), where a Jewish man-god was born. Thats just a FANTASTICALLY symbolic photo, a symbol of what religion should do, but which it doesnt. Still, you really could not have chosen a better photo for today. And whats great is that you didnt show that spot, because really, it probaby isnt that spot anyway, but what that spot stands for: peace, happiness, family and love.
faubry (35447) 2006-12-25 4:47
merry christmas kev, i wish, like Jerzy, many people will made peace for long time
scalerman (26900) 2007-01-13 21:53
Kev, this one really has that Annie Leibowitz candor to it. Simple, elegant, truthful: a rare shave of a pic. regards, c
Liekje (574) 2007-01-28 19:38
I like the contrast between this photo and the photo you took of these western girls. Outside so different, but inside probably pretty much the same problems, the same emotions.
The note you leave with this photo is interesting and should be an example for many, many people.
These people look like a nice, but rather ordinary family. With your note in mind, I think the BW was a good choice; it adds some drama and more emotion (intimacy) to the scene.
One question, do you know why this family was so keen on you taking their photo?
- Copyright: Kev Ryan (KevRyan) (22956)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Your Favourites 2, Christmas Nativities outside Europe [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-24 4:50
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