The Israeli periphery has started with the establishment of the developmental family oriented towns, in which everybody knows everybody, and the daily routine is to go down to the town center for coffee, shopping or just to hang out with the neighbors. The town center was the heart of town and the daily life evolved and flourished around it.
Over the years the towns became cities, during this process the center of town slowly became empty and turned into neglect in favor of the new shiny shopping centers and malls. Closed shops, Homeless people, neglected shops selling produces that is long past due, mainly occupied by elderly immigrants new/senior with no way out and the wish only to make their daily earning to put some bread on their plate is what you can find today.
A trip around the world, in some other little peripheral towns discovers a different story, a very lively and well nurtured town center that keeps it’s roll as the heart of town.
within the duration of 2 years I have been documenting the town centers of Ashkelon, Shderot, Netivot, Ofakim, Kiryat Malachi, and Kiryat Gat. This documentation reveals harsh and painful reality and also a loss of identity in places that could have been the center of attraction. It is hard not to see these pictures as evidence to the state of the society in Israel in general, a society that is occupied with external nurturing and growth on the account of the essence, the heart.