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Reader Excerpts: Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping

Today’s visual-narrative piece comes from Michael Ivnitsky. Michael shares a project entitled “Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping.” A documentary of his time while transitioning back to life in Tel Aviv explores and visualizes his struggles with insomnia and the constant battle to keep the wheels beneath him moving while transitioning between the dynamics of two very different cities.  

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Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping, shot and written by Michael Ivnitsky (Website, Instagram, Blog)

This project was birthed upon my return to Tel Aviv after living in Dublin for 18 months. I moved to Dublin for a while after growing tired and emotionally drained of Israel.

Tel Aviv is an intense and polarizing place, especially after the sleepy and polite city of Dublin.  While in Dublin, the first six months were filled with insomnia, visiting old friends and meeting new people, finding old places I liked (closed or worse, changed), and being dragged to places I don’t know.  Generally this consisted of trying to get accustomed to the killer pace of working hard whilst partying harder with an occasional visit to an island for serenity.

This majority of this project was shot with a Leica M4 and 35mm Summicron f/2 on Foma Creative 200, developed in D-76 1+1 for 9min @ 20c.  Other shots were taken using a Nikon EM with a 50mm f/1.8 E.

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