Cotton Field 521.
(photo credit: Yeshoshua Halevi)
Cotton has received a bad rap in Israel because it is an intensive water
consumer in a region short on water supplies. Israeli scientists are
trying to develop high-quality strains that require less water, but in
the meantime, we’ll have to imagine the wads of fluff melting into the
soil and replenishing our aquifers. I like this photo because it
presents an unusual view of Israel from two perspectives.
foreboding sky is atypical in a country with a very mild climate.
Secondly, this scene resembles winter more than late summer when it was
taken, and certainly differs from the olive orchards that typify this
Once again I had to venture off road to find this viewpoint. Passersby
might not even notice the field as it is obscured from view by roadside
I did spot it and drove headfirst into the thick of it, as I had never
before stood in a cotton field and wanted the additional thrill of
admiring it up close. There was nothing prominent on the horizon so I
grabbed my widest lens in order to accentuate the vastness of the field.
I raised the camera to its highest point on my tripod, which is over my
head, so I stood on the doorsill of my car in order to focus and
compose the image. To bring the closest plants into prominence, I
pointed the camera down slightly and fired off the self-timer, a useful
feature to avoid the shake that results from pressing the shutter
Yehoshua Halevi is an award-winning
photojournalist and event photographer. For queries on simha photography
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