These photographs were taken as individual images over the years, as daily responses to the world around me, as in a visual journal, and later paired. In examining the photographs I realized that I had subconsciously been photographing my childhood. The pictures in front of me held deep memories of curiosity, innocence and wonder. They were my remembrances, wandering in the backyard, exploring moments like the sound of a tree [or] a bird in the sky.
I grew up in Israel in the small town of Pardes Chana (Hana Orchard). The town was full of orange, avocado, and mango orchards. I recalled small moments such as exchanging our family’s avocados for the neighbor’s mangos. The children would walk over to their neighbors’ homes for activities such as story time or a piano lesson. I would go with my father to pick oranges from our orchard. These are the memories that inspire my photographs, they remind me of who I truly am.
Michal Greenboim is a fine art photographer whose work has been described as “harmonious, poetic and lyrical…that use(s) color to seduce and haunt.” She has photographed her subjects “so delicately that even something that could be gruesome, just looks fragile and mysterious.”
She is a fine art photographer and a video editor, based in La Jolla, California. Best known for her diptych series and book, “Orchard Trail”, a photographic narrative of her childhood.
She has exhibited widely including solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, FotoNostrum Gallery and Davis Orton Gallery. In addition, her work won several awards such as the winner of LACP member show, First place of the 14th Pollux awards, Critical Mass, Julia Margaret award, PDN Exposure Award. Color award, PDN sense of place award and International Photography Award.
Her work has been published in Bnei Brith Magazine, Boston Globe, Millennium Images, FotoNostrum 2020 book and Artist Feature by Ann Jastrab in All About Photo.
She is currently working on her MFA through Maine Media College, in Rockport, Maine. While working on a new project on the Cuban Jewish community, to add a documentary element to a career that’s been more focused on fine-art photography.
Find out more about her work at www.michalgreenboim.com