There is nothing that makes me feel as alive as walking the streets of a new city — with a notebook, a map, and a camera — waiting for a portrait to take shape out of color and sound, clamor and empty space, concrete and stone and sky. A city is, first and foremost, a rhythmic organism: It takes a lot of patience and attention, and many miles on foot, to be open enough to hear the particular music of a place, and to feel how a city situates itself uniquely on the earth.
Joshua Ellison spent a year in Israel, he became immersed in Israeli culture and society. But his trip, through the DOROT Fellowship in Israel, also prompted explorations farther afield than the Jewish state, landing him first in Budapest, and later beyond. "I tried to make sense of the experience of living in Israel and I went to Budapest and something really clicked, very much something Jewish," he says. "The more I traveled the more I had those experiences."