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.
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 view from the top of the Mount Olives
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.
The desert just outside Jerusalem, the heat was insane!
Our van, the only shelter in the desert
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 there
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.
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 experience
I loved getting to see a city and a culture that I know so little about! Have you ever visited the Middle East?
I love my brother’s photos too 🙂
I just felt like I traveled there too through the beautiful imagery. So so charming in its own unique way.
Me too! I love how images can take you straight there 🙂
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.
So glad you enjoyed the post! It was a pleasure to finally share some of my brother’s photos on my blog 🙂
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!
Me neither! It was great to see it through my brother’s lens 🙂
What a cool guest post! Lovely photos and I love some of the explanation about religion (as I know nothing of religion). I can totally imagine how very warm it must have been over there, even just by looking at the photos!
My brother just made the video they shot out there, and it shows even more of the city – so beautiful!