observations

from the editor – issue 001.2012

[quote]Editor Dan Jahn wanders through the Middle East, and observes style on the street and reflects on prejudice and judgement.[/quote]

 

I recently wandered through the Middle East, and paused to sip a cappuccino in Tel Aviv, and spend a moment people watching and style observing. In this ancient and beseiged land, in the heart of the troubled Middle East, this modern city is filled with people of all ages, practicing a wide variety of belief systems, from ultra-conservative to agnostic, and their style reflects it all, as they interact without prejudice. Here is a quick moment of observation from my journal:

I watch an ancient Orthodox man in black, beard blowing in the breeze, watching a statuesque super model in green tights and micro skirt stride by; he sees me watch- ing him and gives me a sheepish grin under his hat and tucks his chin and returns to his Torah. A tiny woman being walked by a mastiff effortlessly slips between four languages on her mobile phone, as her Burberry clothes swirl around her in a cloud of perfume. Two teen girls in painted-on jeans and midriff-bearing croptops with the “BEBE” logo splashed across them, argue loudly next to me about True Blood and laugh when they catch me watching and listening; one leans forward to say hello and asks where I am from. “Colorado” I say, and she tells me she wants to snowboard in Aspen and will I take her if she visits please? A boy across the street in red jeans, an Etro shirt, and suede ankle boots reads and nods to himself and glances at the sky and crosses himself when a church bell rings. A muslim in his white thobe unrolls his rug and prepares to pray on the corner. The sun slips towards the ocean, and I am surrounded by color, laughter, sights and sounds and smells of five different cultures interweaving in a delicate dance of life.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://frenzymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/danjahn.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Dan is an award-winning, Denver-based photographer, writer and global nomad. His work has appeared in magazine advertisements, editorials, and in websites, on billboards, and his books are available on amazon.com. danjahn.com[/author_info] [/author]

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