Shabbat bread

Taking them home was as easy as releasing the shutter and NIS 20 from my pocket. The only thing missing is the delightful aroma.

November 16, 2010 11:37
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Fresh hallot on a Friday morning.

hallot shabbat_311. (photo credit: (Photo by Yehoshua Halevi))


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The last time I posted a photo of food, a shot of mouth-watering red grapes ready for harvest, a number of people wrote to me that they wanted to grab one and take a bite! I hadn’t even sampled them myself while out in the field, but I can attest to my supreme enjoyment of two of the hallot featured in this week’s picture. This is a photo I had tried on several occasions to capture, but I never managed to find the right bakery displaying its loaves in a manner that allows so many to be photographed in one frame. It helped that they were outside on a sidewalk, situated under an overhang which blocked any direct light, thus creating very soft, diffused and near-perfect lighting for this shot. In order to take the picture, I had to contend with two obstacles. Most difficult were the many shoppers passing through the market and between the subject and my camera on a busy Friday morning. Most dangerous were the cars moving along the street where I stood in order to get back far enough to include the entire bread rack in the frame. And I had to wait for an opportunity

when neither cars nor shoppers interfered. I cropped the image to remove the sides of the metal cart holding the loaves, which I thought looked unappealing, and to create the impression that the hallot are infinitely numerous. By filing the idea for this image in the back of my mind, it became readily accessible the moment opportunity arose. Taking them home was as easy as releasing the shutter and NIS 20 from my pocket. The only thing missing is the delightful aroma.

Yehoshua Halevi is an award-winning photojournalist and event photographer. For queries on simha photography in Israel and Europe, please send an e-mail to

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