From rough, blunt and brusque to gentle, warm and loving by Ruth Penn

Ruth Penn

The photos in this portfolio depict Ruth Penn’s country, Israel, as she envisions it. Sometimes it is stormy, sometimes calm, sometimes it is scorching hot, sometimes it is rainy and cold. It changes moods instantly: from happiness to deep sadness; from hope to almost (but never) despair; from vibrant, vivid colors to browns and black and white; from rough, blunt and brusque to gentle, warm and loving; from yellow desert to blooming forests; from beaches to mountains; from bustling cities to almost serene towns, farms and kibbutzim.

It is a diverse country, moving on the scale of love to deep dislikes. It is simultaneously an extrovert and an introvert country. Similar to her country, her soul moves from stormy to calm, from happy to sad, from hopeful to almost (but never) despair, from vibrant to brown or black and white, from rough, blunt and brusque to gentle, warm and loving, from blooming to the gloom, from bustling to serene.

“My photos probably mirror my state of mind at the moment I shoot them or work on them. The colors I look for when I am on one side of the scale will be different from when I am placed on the opposite side of that scale. I let myself be.”

The joy of seeking the right shot, the joy of shooting the right photo at each moment on that scale, the joy of reviving the photo and leading it the closest to her vision, is filling Ruth Penn with utter joy. But she is never completely satisfied. Since the scale is so vast and diverse, Ruth Penn always keeps looking for the perfect depiction of her vision. 

“This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile” Wislawa Szymborska
“In the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone’s existence in this world” Wislawa Szymborska
“Each of us has a very rich nature and can look at things objectively, from a distance, and at the same time can have something more personal to say about them. I am trying to look at the world, and at myself, from many different points of view. I think many poets have this duality” Wislawa Szymborska
Labyrinth by Ruth Penn

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