Postcards from Jerusalem

I love seeking inspiration from photographers, especially travel inspiration.  I also love travelling via other people’s photos and seeing a new corner of the world through their camera lens.  It’s amazing how you can be transported across the world to a different culture or a different landscape through a single photo.

Last week, during the exact same days that I went to Lima, my brother (Sebastian) travelled to Jerusalem for a work project, and I asked him to share his favourite photos and memories here on my blog.

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I was recently in the Jerusalem to make a film on behalf of an organisation called Christian Vision. We were commissioned to make a film to explore the places in Israel’s capital where scholars believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected. We explored the city and all the major religious landmarks.

The Jerusalem landscape. This was my first time in the Middle East and I was greeted by the classic beige colours you come to expect from the region, with little spots of greenery and terracotta spaced throughout the city.

The Mount of Olivesam5a5857

The view from the top of the Mount Olivesam5a6053

The graves.  A huge cemetery where Jewish & Christians are buried takes up most of the Mount of Olives. It’s estimated that over 150,000 people are buried here. This is one of the most sought after places to be buried in the world, as the Bible says that when the Messiah comes, the resurrection of the dead will begin there.am5a6068

More views of the cityam5a5848

Our crew exploring the cityam5a5845

The desert just outside Jerusalem, the heat was insane!am5a5872

Our van, the only shelter in the desertam5a5880

Colourful markets.  There’s not much colour in Jerusalem until you head into the markets, where sellers set up their stalls to entice the tourists and pilgrims who have travelled to experience the holy land. This shop front was by far the coolest I saw when I was theream5a6040

The Garden Tomb. This is one of the sites where some scholars believe the resurrection of Jesus took place. It was so serene, one of the most peaceful and beautiful places I’ve ever been to.am5a5999

An olive tree inside the garden of Gethsemane. Our crew of 5 were granted 10 minutes in the garden.  This was another beautiful place to walk around and experienceam5a6077

I loved getting to see a city and a culture that I know so little about!  Have you ever visited the Middle East?

 Marcella xx

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10 thoughts on “Postcards from Jerusalem

  1. These are fascinating, thanks so much for sharing, Marcella and Sebastian. What a great opportunity to visit such a famous place – I always forget the places in the Bible do actually exist! I’d love to visit one day, my sister has been to Israel and keeps telling me I have to go, too.

  2. This is one of those places that I just can’t imagine. I’ve never traveled to the Middle East but think it would be amazing to do so. Thanks for sharing such beautiful images – love the city views!

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