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Rule#3 All great changes are preceded by chaos

ImprefectSometimes a lot of chaos. Well, I haven’t post here anything for the last four months, that’s a long time. My last post appeared on the blog very shortly before big changes occurred in my life. But that was just the beginning. The chaos came after.

Lot of changes came to my life when I made a decision to leave the good life that I had and go for something unknown. It wasn’t easy and my world turned upside down. I found myself all by myself in a foreign country, without family, without an apartment to live in,  with few pennies on my bank account and couple of friends that were there to support me. I would never be able to go through this difficult time without those amazing people that supported me and helped me every possible way. They were there when I was crying and they were doing everything to make me laugh. I was a mess but they were next to me all the time and I can never express how grateful I am for having those special people in my life.

Going back to the changes and chaos – it wasn’t easy, I felt happy and sad at the same time, I was relieved but scared, I was free but guilty I was so ambivalent at that time. I put aside things that I love, I slowed down with photography, I stopped doing sport and eat healthy, I was trying to keep myself busy 24/7 in order not to think whats gonna happen next, what I’m gonna do with myself now, where am I going…? Well, it was a chaos. It was like a rough sea. I was holding on to survive the night and hoping that the dawn will come soon. And it did.

Now, after four months of chaos I have to say that the sea is getting calm again. I see the light and I see the land. It was rough and it was tough but I’ve never lost my hope. Finally the storm ended and now the air is clear, I can breath easily and the most important I can open my eyes wide and see beautiful colorful rainbow.

Here in Israel we celebrate the New Year tomorrow ( I know it sounds so weird because all of us is use to celebrating New Year 1st of January) Maybe some of you remember my post about difficulties with finding the right time to start new things – well, this time I fit perfectly because I’m very ready for new chapter of my life without struggling with things I can not change, worrying and constantly brooding thoughts.

No matter if you celebrate the New Year tomorrow, 1st of January or any other day of the year, I want to use this celebration to wish you all happy new beginnings and to express again how blessed I feel for having such a amazing people next to me.

Shana Tova and stay tuned because a lot of great stuff are coming to the blog 🙂 !

Love xxx

Jo

Tel Aviv Jaffa – The Past Around The Corner

One of the places I really love in Tel Aviv is the old part of the city called Jaffa. I’ve posted about it already here but this time I was looking at it from another perspective. I was having a photo shoot there with my beautiful friend Sigal and while working I really felt like I traveled in time and got back to the time of Roman Empire.  So if you’re ever near by you have to visit Jaffa and experience it by yourself. Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures and read more about my experiences in Israel if you want to :).

If you would like to see more of my works you can check it here.

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Lea Gottlieb – Lady of the Daisies

If you live or visit Tel Aviv any time soon you have to, just HAVE TO, go to the Lea Gottlieb exhibition at the Design Museum of Holon! It’s an amazing exhibition called “Lady of the Dasies” and it showcases the history of the famous brand Gotex that Lea founded in 1956. She said “I Like Making Something Out of Nothing” and believe me, she really did, her work is splendorous and fascinating. So I repeat, if you have a chance – run to check her work, I promise you won’t regret it.

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Barcelona – the place that stole my heart

Last week I went for a short trip to Barcelona – my favorite city! If you don’t know yet,  before I moved to Tel Aviv I was living there for a few years and I have to say that since I left I’ve been missing that place almost every day! There are SO many reasons one can love Barcelona, I will tell you why I do.

Barcelona is situated on the Mediterranean shore and the weather is nice for most of the year 🙂 You can enjoy the beach and sun all year round; even during the winter it’s usually not too cold for having a nice walk on the beach. Barcelona is also very multicultural – people from all over the world come to live there and it makes that city so unique! So many languages, different cultures, religions and ways of living are coexisting there. I remember when I came to the city for the first time I was very amused by that and I felt that no matter what you do and who you are you can find something for yourself in Barcelona. And so I did. And instead of staying 3 months I stayed more than a year and after the next two years I came back again to do my master’s degree there. Barcelona feels like a second home for me, I know all the small streets, bars with cheap Mojito and cool places to shop. Even if I go there as a tourist and take a lot of new pictures I really don’t feel like one – I feel like I’ve never left that place and I really belong there. Sometimes I laugh and say that I was born in Poland by mistake and even that I can’t say that I feel more Spanish than Polish I can definitely say that living in Barcelona has changed me, my way of seeing things and living life. One day I would like to have a wooden house on the beach close to Barcelona. Hopefully sooner than later 😉

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JoKo Photo on Instagram!

Do you like Instagram? If yes, you can follow me by clicking here! If you log in from  from phone search for jokophoto.

Enjoy the pictures and stay updated, some super new posts coming soon 🙂

For more pictures visit JoKo Photo Facebook Page!

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New York by night

I miss New York so so much!

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Shiri and the beauty of Neve Tzedek

One of the reasons why I love living in Tel Aviv is that there is an endless list of beautiful places I can do my photo shoots at. This time, I shot with Shiri at the amazing area of Neve Tzedek that is full of very nice stylish buildings, flowers and greens. I really enjoyed photographing there, thank you Tel Aviv for giving me such a wonderful scenery for my work! You can see more pictures here.

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Photo Shoot with Veronika

Here you have the results of my photo shoot with Veronika, beautiful model! More pictures here!

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