Tag Archives: memorial

From The Depths: Dialogue and Portraits

Much of my work for various clients focuses around historic aspects of Judaism. It’s almost impossible to talk about the history of the Jews without mentioning the Holocaust.

I recently covered, and continue to cover the projects of an organization called “From The Depths,” which is based in Warsaw, Poland. Jonny Daniels, the founder and head of the non-profit recently visited Boston to speak at some local universities, including Harvard, Emerson, and Clark. I had the pleasure of photographing his discussion at Boston University, where he spoke to local young professionals and students. He also showed some artifacts found in and around Poland:

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of "From The Depths," speaks at Boston University Hillel on December 2, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of “From The Depths,” speaks at Boston University Hillel on December 2, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jonny Daniels at BU 12022014

A few days later, we shot some portraits of Jonny for various publications. When thinking about a location to shoot, we realized that The New England Holocaust Memorial would be a powerful backdrop. The last time I was on assignment in that area, a rainbow appeared over the iconic memorial:

A rainbow appears over The New England Holocaust Memorial following the "Rally in Solidarity with Israel" at City Hall Plaza on August 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A rainbow appears over The New England Holocaust Memorial following the “Rally in Solidarity with Israel” at City Hall Plaza on August 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

So we went down to the memorial and shot a combination of general portraits with clean backgrounds, as well as environmental portraits due to the importance of the location:

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of From the Depths poses for a portrait at The New England Holocaust Memorial on December 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of From the Depths poses for a portrait at The New England Holocaust Memorial on December 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014

We capped off the day by photographing some of the artifacts that Jonny brought to Boston, including dreidels, patches, and soap:

Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014 Day with Jonny Daniels 12052014

Thanks to Jonny for being such a great subject and making this all happen! I’m looking forward to traveling to Poland in 2015 to cover more of the important programs that From The Depths puts on.

Boston Responds to the Murders of Three Israeli Teens

Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014

Earlier this month, three Israeli teens were kidnapped on their way home from school. The event sparked outrage in the international pro-Israel community, starting the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys.

Unfortunately, the outcome was not positive. The bodies of Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel were found a couple of weeks after the June 12th kidnapping and murder.

The international community did not forget. Vigils and memorials were quickly organized to remember the murdered innocent boys. I spent two nights covering Boston’s reaction for The Times of Israel, first a student organized vigil at Boston University, and later a community memorial in a local Synagogue.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the remembrances:

Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014 Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014 Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014 Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014 Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014 Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014 Vigil in memory of murdered Israeli teens 06302014 CJP/JCRC Community Memorial Service for Murdered Israeli Teens 07022014 CJP/JCRC Community Memorial Service for Murdered Israeli Teens 07022014 CJP/JCRC Community Memorial Service for Murdered Israeli Teens 07022014 CJP/JCRC Community Memorial Service for Murdered Israeli Teens 07022014 CJP/JCRC Community Memorial Service for Murdered Israeli Teens 07022014 CJP/JCRC Community Memorial Service for Murdered Israeli Teens 07022014

View my full sets of photos here at the following two links:

http://www.elankphotography.com/gallery/Boston-Vigil-for-Murdered-Israeli-Teens-6-30-2014/G0000AxVKH.ovfFs/C0000LImWlKJccQs

http://www.elankphotography.com/gallery/CJP-JCRC-Community-Memorial-Service-for-Murdered-Israeli-Teens-7-2-2014/G00008NUWJfTrpfM/C0000LImWlKJccQs