In 2012, while visiting Israel on a church tour, I realized I was truly intrigued with the various ways people chose to express their praise and worship. In an effort to avoid blatantly intruding on such private moments, I usually captured my images from behind and from a distance. It’s been five years since I took this first praise image and I am still intrigued with photographing people from behind. Now however, the interest is in how universal we are as people when there are no facial features to judge, admire, idolize or be distracted by.
Praise 1 is of a fellow traveler in my tour group. We had stopped in Dan following a walk through Tel Dan Nature Preserve to look towards the Lebanon border. We were praying for peace in the region, most especially for the people who lived in the town below that straddled the Israeli-Lebanese border.