Umberto Eco is giving a lecture in Tel Aviv University
"The Confessions of a Young Novelist"
...but where is he? Everybody is waiting to enter! NO more seats!!! Hundreds of people in the entrance hall, others outside in front of the sliding glass doors that don't slide anymore.
In Israel, invitations are on big scale, organisation on minimal scale. Is it a game of power or just planning for the size of an ant? Closing doors in front of the guests is the new method of attracting more people? Sometimes it works...
Students, professors and guests waiting
Is there any chance?
Hopeless and tired
Better eat than just look!
What a public event! A manifestation!
Can't see the light!
Finally I decided to leave this event, because there was no chance to enter. The power of the guardian is what matters in the end. Therefor I went outside to enjoy the springtime and a good coffee.
Actually, there where many other huge halls at the University Campus of Tel Aviv. Maybe it wasn't expected that Eco will be such a super star. Originally, he was invited to the International Book fair in Jerusalem. There was a whole week session of famous writers, some of them Romanians. The lecture in Tel Aviv University was just an extra add to Umberto Eco's trip and success among intellectuals of Israel.
Our lives are surrounded by walls. These walls are found around old cities, Medieval Citadels, public buildings and private houses. Some Walls are built to protect people, others to separate them.
Children who grow up enclosed between walls are often limited to a certain physical and mental space, dictated by their society. Once they get out of these walls they can discover a brighter world, and experience the freedom to explore their individuality.
Most of the children in these photos are at a transitional stage between childhood and adolescence. They try to surround themselves with walls that will protect them from the outer world. Some kids are tougher, others are softer, some allow themselves to smile, others are too shy. I tried to capture some of their inner beauty.
Children everywhere are joyful, authentic and innocent regardless of the certain walls of family, society, religion and nationality that surround them.