OREN NOY – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

Oren Noy is a Photographer living and working in Israel who makes work about his local environment, exploring the buildings, people and local society.  I found a number of his images appearing on my Pinterest site as I was drawn to the compositions and colours in some of the series so thought I would ask for a submission to this series.
What I find interesting about Oren’s work is that the work is presented in sets of images dated by year but all about the same place, creating an intimate and curious image of the area and how it is used by its inhabitants.

OREN NOY – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

OREN NOY - UNTITLED 2004 (THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT)

OREN NOY – UNTITLED 2004 (THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT)

 

 

Oren Noy

Untitled 2004 petach tikva (urban landscape)

lives and work in Petach-Tikva

I took this image back in 2004. At the time I didn’t know exactly to which series it should be belong to nor should it start a whole new series. All my series deals in one way or another with the southern neighborhoods of Petach-Tikva (my immediate surrounding), without a romantic gaze or impressive insight, but rather as a case study for common urban neighborhoods and cultural taste in a western society.

I don’t think photography say something, people do. For me, Photography in the worst case is a shallow cliché, and in a good case a pies of information presented originally, which swallowed in endless mesh of political and cultural discourses.

There are several things that I like about this image which make me return to it occasionally; the extensive occupation with borders and the innovation dealing with it. Almost everything can define a border; Concrete wall, different iron fans, pieces of wood, tin plate and hedges.

Other themes upper as well; emphasized nationalism (flags), fantasy of exotic life style (round parasol), and obvious lust for better living environment (rooted grass) and of course Middle Eastern sun light.

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To see more of Oren’s work, please visit his website: www.orenoy.weebly.com

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The Shot I Never Forgot  is an on-going series of posts where I invite Photographers to share an image that has always remained with them, despite being unused.

The premise is that most photographers shoot many more images than ever see the light of day and often take some fabulous standalone images on instinct whilst making a particular body of work or project.  Because these single images do not fit the theme, they sit gathering dust in the archive.

However, there are usually a few of these images which stay in our minds as they have special significance or are too good to be lying dormant.

The Shot I Never Forgot is an invitation to share these images with the world and let them stand alone in their own right for others to enjoy.   

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