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Joy to the World

 

These are Polish Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, after their Sabbath synagogue service.


This image is a segue to my post at Vision & Verb today,

about living in the world...and getting along!



 

Joy to the World

 

These are Polish Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, after their Sabbath synagogue service.


This image is a segue to my post at Vision & Verb today,

about living in the world...and getting along!



 

comments (51)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Dec 2012, 00:38
Love it!

Outlandish hats on top, and sensible shoes at the bottom.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ray. One of the men told us these hats were worn by the grandfathers of their grandfathers in Poland. They go a long way back!
  • Anupam
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Dec 2012, 01:23
Awesome click.. no snow yet??? Went to Nuremberg few days ago and it was snowing heavily there but no camera sad
Ginnie Hart: Thankjs, Anupam. No snow that day but a bit of rain the day before. Don't you hate when you don't have your camera when it's snowing!
Made the mistake of initially thinking this was New York. But they're definitely celebrating the Sabbath in the Hassidic manner. Nice BW interpretation.
Ginnie Hart: I guess this could be New York, Michael, or almost any large city in the world! Thank you.
Great photo Ginni!!! I look forward to visiting you on V&V!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Elizabeth. I hope you leave a comment there....?
great shot. b/w looks well suited for this image
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ayush. B&W seemed the only way to go.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 17 Dec 2012, 04:24
i am attempting not to make some sort of bad joke about those funny hats... nice shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Well, we did find out these hats were worn by the grandfathers of their grandfathers! That tradition really goes a long way back! Thanks, Elaine.
  • Darlene
  • Canada
  • 17 Dec 2012, 04:26
Ginnie, I love this!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Darlene. Thank you.
I'm for a bit of straight talking here: I'm all very happy for people to follow their chosen or embedded religions in their own way ... but to shove it in people's ... er umm . Oh heck! I'd better stop there.

Damn it Ginnie ... I wish I'd have taken the shot.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Richard. Don't get me started. The thing is, if you show yourself like this in public, please don't get angry when people want to take pictures!

You couldn't have given me a better compliment. Thank you.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Dec 2012, 06:27
I like this image Ginnie: it is bizarre & slightly sinister to UK eyes. But as you rightly say - we've just got to get along
Ginnie Hart: The things we don't understand are hard to accept, Chris. I guess we all need our education! Thanks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Dec 2012, 06:34
This is new to me, Ginnie - will look at V & V shortly
Ginnie Hart: It was new for me, too, Lisl. Hats worn by the grandfathers of the grandfathers! Thanks for commenting at V&V!
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2012, 07:28
An astounding shot Ginnie, I just love it!!
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Sally. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Dec 2012, 07:39
Those hats say LOOK at US,great photo
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage, and yes, they do. But they don't want you taking pictures of them!
If you want to get ahead get a hat

This is a cracking picture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bill. What's interesting is that all the women were very plainly dressed!!!!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Dec 2012, 08:15
We were just at the right place at the right time. It never occurred to me that it was Saturday, so Sabbath day. Two different worlds indeed and we try to understand.
Absolute fabulous shot. Love the black against the foggy weather.
Ginnie Hart: I'll never forget it! We were so fortunate to be there at the exact right time. Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA.
Happy Hamukkah!
Their hats are way cooler than Russian hats.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, LC. I have a feeling they're very proud of their hats!
A fine candid Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • k@
  • France
  • 17 Dec 2012, 09:29
Wonderful rhythm in those hats & compo !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for putting it that way, Karine!
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Dec 2012, 09:35
Those are some hats! Great capture ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they are, Sarah! Thanks.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 17 Dec 2012, 10:04
Le copier coller dans la diversité ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JP. Merci.
  • johnnyg
  • Germany
  • 17 Dec 2012, 10:40
I see you still have a great eye for the moment.
Ginnie Hart: Great to see you again, Johnny! Thank you for stopping by.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 17 Dec 2012, 10:45
They are stylin'!
Ginnie Hart: And sadly, their female counterparts are not. sad
Great line up Ginnie; I like the other pedestrians too, emphasising the contrast! smile
Good words at V&V, can take a lifetime(s) to understand grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. And thanks for visiting at V&V. I hope you leave a comment the next time. We always want to hear what people are thinking!
I have never seen anything like this.
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Sartenada. I'll never forget it!
They have very warm hats - not fashionable but warm. Good shot.
Ginnie Hart: I believe for them they are probably also very fashionable, Mary, but just not for everyone else? Sadly, the women were totally "left out" from the dress-up. Thanks.
Great street capture Ginnie and excellent processing!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Very good shot Ginnie. I have nothing against Jewish people but am always slightly amused by these most unusual hats, I wonder what the story behind them is.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Brian. I'm guessing back then in Poland they were needed for warmth as well as making some sort of statement?
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2012, 12:57
Brilliant! Full marks for them for dressing like this and walking around in public. Never seen hats like it before; looks like they should each have an iced cake on top of it smile
Ginnie Hart: It definitely deserved a second look, Alan! Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Dec 2012, 15:39
The white socks are sensual.
Ginnie Hart: Along with your red socks today, Louis, we're quite festive, I'd say. grin
A great subject and a great picture...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Larry.
Wonderful stuff Ginnie. As ridiculous as proud they are ha, a long tradition!
Ginnie Hart: And to think their grandchildren's grandchildren will probably wear them, too! smile
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 17 Dec 2012, 17:10
Bonsoir Ginnie. Great capture and excellent processing. Have a lovely evening Ginnie. Amicalement Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Antoine. Merci.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2012, 17:47
Well seen nice shot. I once saw a group of Hassidic Jews strip to there underclothes and bath on Aberystwyth beach, they seemed to be baptising each other.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, John, and oh my! That would have been a sight! I wonder if you were able to snap a picture or two?? smile
  • Helys
  • France
  • 17 Dec 2012, 18:37
So marvelous street scene in BW
Great DOF, contrasts, move
Like so much the traditional dresses
Congrats
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Helys, for stopping by and commenting. Merci.
We have differences Ginnie... it's our identity... our tolerance is what brings us together....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Beautifully and perfectly said, Peter. Thank you.
Great candid capture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 17 Dec 2012, 21:40
Great pic Ginnie, and I love the hats - that look more like hat boxes.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, George, and, YES, they do. smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 17 Dec 2012, 21:44
nice caps! Have a nioe week
Ginnie Hart: Thnaks, Oscar! smile
I'll bet the odd one out feels weird smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You may be right, Tom. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2012, 22:31
I love those hats!!
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Cherry. smile
Outstanding, Ginnie. (I used to see a lot of this headgear when I worked in N. London. When it rained they'd still wear them, but covered in plastic bags.)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Graeme. And actualyy, it was a bit of a rainy day and we saw the same, with the plastic bags! smile
Antique hats... Now that's cool.
Ginnie Hart: Passed down from generation to generation! I bet they guard them with their lives, Jacquelyn. Thanks.
I love to see people dressed different from the norm.
Ginnie Hart: It does help to broaden our perspective, Michael, doesn't it! Thank you.
Wonderful candid capture, Ginnie. Just curious to know if they kept walking four abreast like that making the other pedestrians detour around them.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Beverly, and good question. We continued on in the opposite direction, so I have no clue!
  • Olivier
  • Belgium
  • 18 Dec 2012, 19:38
Excellent street shoot...in Belgium...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Olivier. smile it's a small world after all! Merci.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 18 Dec 2012, 23:01
Good thing they have wide sidewalks! Great street shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Great point, Helen. smile Thanks.
It is good to see people walking around in their traditional garments I think. They look like they have taken over the pavement. Great candid Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Proud of their heritage, me thinks, Janet! smile Thanks.
Absolute masterpiece Ginnie ! Wow, I love everything here, the compo, the tones ! Extra ! Bravo.
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Flo. MERCI.
that is something very interesting smile
Ginnie Hart: Some things in real life are stranger than fiction, Joshi!
Beautiful street and documentary photo. ith this good B1W.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Annie, for stopping by and commenting here.
  • Lotta
  • Sweden
  • 22 Dec 2012, 20:06
Gotta love those hats...
Ginnie Hart: I know, Lotta. They really made my day. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2013, 17:37
those are some weird hats.. very nice shot though.. grin
Ginnie Hart: All part of the Polish, Hasidic culture in Antwerp apparently, Rian! Thanks.

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