Bedouin by Iliya Roginskyby Telavivian | 14.08.17
Written by Natalia Dinsmore
Photographer Iliya Roginsky prefaces his documentary series Bedouin with the phrase: “a distant view reflected from the window of a driving bus.” This simple imagery represents too often the experience of the marginalized—a fleeting matter left behind in the dust.
Yet, Roginsky’s photographs of the Bedouin communities in the Negev invite us to stay, to enter a unique space that is often left unseen. Roginsky does this by the powerful way in which he frames his portraits. The desolate desert background is juxtaposed with faces of sincerity and moments of innocence: sitting around a fire, cooking a meal, drinking tea. In effect, Roginsky is able to convey something truly emotional—expressions of stillness, fragileness, in contrast with the harsh, precarious, hostility of the harsh landscape that is their reality.
Author Natalia Dinsmore recently moved to Tel Aviv and very quickly fell in love with city. Natalia loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, and writing. Natalia believes in the power of creative thinking, storytelling and thoughtful words. Natalia holds a bachelor of Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA.