My name is Sharon Tribelsky.
I am an Israeli photographer, born in 1960 and am married with 3 children, living on Kibbutz Bet Zera which is in the Jordan Valley.
I graduated four years of photography studies from Canada Wizo College in Haifa.
My love of photography began after my release from 3-years of army service and a further 3 years of extensive travel around the world, at the end of which I decided to take my hobby seriously and study the subject at college, knowing then that it would always be a part of my life.
For a period of fifteen years I was involved in industrial and commercial photography and also managed a photography studio in my kibbutz.
Today I am a freelancer and take photographs mainly of nature and views. I live in Kibbutz Bet Zera which is in the Jordan Valley and within walking distance of the Kinneret (The Sea of Galilee)
I have been taking photographs of the Kinneret for over 20 years – both black/white and colour.
The lake has magical and mysterious qualities which have always attracted me to it and to which I find myself returning time and time again.
Maybe it is the light and the surrounding views of the beautiful Jordan Valley or maybe it is the ancient Jewish and Christian history that the whole area is steeped in and that so many sites in the area are connected to.
I love to take photographs in the magical hours of the twilight and the dusk and also just before and during the dawn. I find that when there is very little light in the sky, the low angle of the sun's rays creates a special mysterious atmosphere – both on the water
and in the sky.
I use very long exposures with my camera, which is always on a tripod, and sometimes one photograph can be with an exposure of as long as 10 minutes!
I try to convey the feelings that I experience at the time of taking the photographs – a surrounding sense of movement and the changes in light and shade which are created – and to express those feelings and my interpretation of them through my photography.
In those magical moments before the dawn and the dusk, the changes in the light are extremely fast. The sun is very low in relation to me, the photographer, and the rays of light move and change very quickly. This forces me to be very exact and focused and to make speedy decisions regarding which filters to use, the shutter speed, focus, composition and other technical issues.
I still get very emotional and excited, even after so many years, every time I take a photograph and the changing light creates a completely different image, even if the setting is the same.
I try to pay attention to all the small details in each photograph, despite the fact that in nature and panoramic photography (as opposed to studio photography) the photographer has no control over the images in front of him. This is something ingrained in me from the days when I worked with a technical camera using 4" by 5" negatives.
There is something in the 'old world' of analogical photography, in my opinion, which causes everyone who has ever used negatives or slides and printed in darkrooms, to relate differently to every press of the shutter and to maybe also respect every frame a little bit more.
But of course, digital photography today allows endless creativity and quality with a lot less effort.
My love of photography accompanies me every minute of every day, even when I have no camera with me. I find myself automatically checking the light or the cloud conditions or even the composition of a possible photograph in every place I happen to be and sometimes I get angry at myself that I do not have my camera with me!
My best pictures are those that I did not manage to take and this is something that I believe characterizes most photographers.
Shooting "some ice" in a freezing cold water in iceland (september 2017)