People I met in Israel

Livia Chan takes us to meet the people of Israel in her 88 series – People I met.

About a year ago, I picked up quite a serious camera and have not put it down since.

During this time, I feel my photographic vision has changed. My goal now is to try capture what I see, whether it be beauty, a look, a moment or a story to share with others.

This is a collection of some of my portraits and stories from my travels around Israel.


2017 was really a difficult time, so by December I found myself on a last minute trip to Israel with a girlfriend to clear my head.

Wandering around, I met an old man who owned a store in the old city souk.

28_The Old City - Jerusalem, Israel

I was alone when he started talking to me. He spoke English well, but he had something wrong with his throat and his voice was very husky. It reminded me of my Nonno. I’m not even too sure now what was said between us, but I know it was nothing personal.

As soon as I took the photo of him and put the camera down he stepped in closer and said to me “I was not looking at your camera, but at your eyes. You can tell a lot from someone’s eyes, and I can see your honesty”

“You’ll be ok” he continued, “You just need to believe in yourself. That’s all”.

I was so taken back by his insightfulness, his ability to detect that I had only just been holding it together and his genuine care, that I burst into tears right there.

This photo essay was put together by Livia Chan.

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Photo by Rob Bye on Unsplash

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