"For me the noise of time is not sad: I love clocks, watches - and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras in short were clocks for seeing..."
This mural by the Palestinian graffiti artist Hamza Abu Ayyash is in Ramallah. According to Ayyash the text reads "The day we are born is the day we die as martyrs." A transliteration is simply "Born to die." The artist painted this work during Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. He dislikes the use of stencils because in his words they are "a commercial way to do graffiti." However he effectively uses this technique to detail the child angel's face. The similarity to faces of dead children from Gaza which appeared in West Bank newspapers is intentional.
My TV Studio class at the Institute of Modern Media in Ramallah after a lighting demonstration Sunday, April 22 2013. We were not really set up for group portraits but the students were having fun and I find that this is a key ingredient for learning. It is also one of the hardest things to teach; that good creative work relies on both a sense of play and concurrently the discipline to work long hours through problems.