This seemed like a good week to share my favorite photo by David Moir. He has this awesome talent of capturing a subject in a new and breathtaking manner. Through his eyes, and his mastery of this magical light, things change. Something of the ordinary takes on a new perspective, it becomes extraordinary.
According to the photographer, many people suffer from the Jerusalem syndrome.The Jerusalem syndrome is a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences that are triggered by a visit to the city of Jerusalem. It is not endemic to one single religion or denomination but has affected Jews, Christians and Muslims of many different backgrounds. During a period of 13 years (1980–1993) for which admissions to the Kfar Shaul Mental Health Centre in Jerusalem were analysed, it was reported that 1,200 tourists with severe, Jerusalem-themed mental problems were referred to this clinic. Of these, 470 were admitted to hospital. On average, 100 such tourists have been seen annually, 40 of them requiring admission to hospital. About two million tourists visit Jerusalem each year. Kalian and Witztum note that as a proportion of the total numbers of tourists visiting the city, this is not significantly different from any other city.(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_syndrome)
It is indeed interesting to see things and capture the moment just as it unfolds. To be there and experience what you see and let others see it through the “looking glass” is priceless. It what sets a mediocre photographer from a true blue master like David Moir.
- The Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah (kidneynotes.com)
- Jerusalem Syndrome : Dangers of the “Spiritual Vanity” ! (disclose.tv)
- The Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah (wired.com)
- From Tourist To Prophet (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Oy Jerusalem! (cvanhasselt.wordpress.com)
- Jerusalem Street Photography (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge