Floating - Looking for the invisible bondby Alexander Bronfer
Dead Sea of Israel was always a refuge for messiahs, zealots, martyrs, kings, and ascetics. People prayed, sinned, healed and killed each other on these sun-bleached shores.
Curated by Apratim Saha
Alexander is in love with the Dead Sea. He doesn’t know why but each time he drives from Tel Aviv to these sun-bleached shores, it makes him feel like the stalker from Andrei Tarkovsky’s famous Soviet period movie. The Dead Sea is his “Zone” where he strives to return. It is as if some eternal power pulls him here.
People have always been fascinated by the Dead Sea. This place has proved to be a refuge for messiahs, zealots, martyrs, kings, and ascetics across time. People here had prayed, sinned, healed and killed each other on these sun-bleached shores. They had built dams and plants, drilled wells, isolated the sea from any source of freshwater and then merely left it to die. As it gradually does so, we continue praying, sinning and killing each other all the same. The silent disappearing sea meanwhile, takes us by the hand, inch by inch into its profound depth with all our holiday vibe, sun-shades and sand chairs with its receding yet alluring beauty.
This is Alexander’s second project about the Dead Sea. He wanted to capture the invisible thread that has pulled us in to this place for centuries. He wanted to show our relation to the Dead Sea by trying not to show it – by emphasizing rather on the lake’s extinction. But as the beautiful colours of the Sea draw us away from the reality, he decided to remove any possible visual distraction. Thus, turning it into a project gracing black and white.
Alexander is an Israeli photographer. He was born in Ukraine and he’s done his studying in Saint Petersburg (Russia). His main interest is the connection between street and fine art photography. After arriving in Israel, Alexander lived in Kibutz in South Israel where he fell in love with the Dead Sea region. He is spending a good amount of time these days on personal projects, mainly in Israel and Eastern Europe.