Army Reserves (2009-2011)
As married professionals with a family, my serving in the army reserve service once a year is a unique Israeli experience. I serve with of a group of men of different ages who are defined by the army as an organic tank unit .
We are detached from our daily routine, our place in society and our families. We put on a uniform, live together in the same conditions, eat the same food and work together at the same activity. In our hearts we share the same naïve hope that the next generation will not go through the same training each one of us needs to burden, and simply live their daily lives without fear.
The photographs show men from a combat unit of which I am a part. At my side are veterans that finished their duty and now they volunteer, assisting young soldiers for whom this is their first reserve service. A mixture of ethnic groups, social classes, thoughts and beliefs blend into one structure that has its own dynamics which enables it to function.
The photographs show the incongruity of our lives in which we must take part in this kind of activity.
Camping Props, 2011
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