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Dikla Laor is an Israeli photographer who has embarked on a fascinating and ambitious project: creating “interpretive images” of all of the women in the Hebrew Bible, whether or not they are mentioned by name.
“There are so many female figures in the Bible,” Laor told Israeli news outlet, No Camels. “Each one is a figure with a story; even seemingly secondary characters who are only mentioned by name or by the name of their father, are granted a place in the stories of our sages, where they are given body and context. There are no ‘wasted’ words in the Bible; if it was mentioned, even if in name only – it has meaning.”
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Laor says Women in the Bible on the Golan Landscape is “the largest and most significant project of mine, as if all my loves have combined together in a project of no compromises.” She started the endeavor in 2013, getting the idea from the character of Job’s wife while working on another series.
Laor puts a significant amount of thought into each one of her creations. It can take her months or even years to decide what she wants a particular scene to look like. As she considers how she wants an image to look, she not only uses the biblical text to inform her idea but also does research by reading commentaries, modern literature, poetry, and “midrash,” that is, ancient commentaries on Hebrew scriptures.
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When she does a shoot, Laor has a plan for every detail about how the scene will look, from the appearance of the women and what they’ll be doing to what time of year will be best for the background. Laor says she is not concerned with portraying the women of the Bible “entirely accurately,” meaning she does not aim for a literal depiction of...
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