In pictures: In honor of summer's end, Ido Biran presents an urban portrait of Tel Aviv and its beaches two years in the making. Photographing Tel Aviv and its dynamic landscapes and people from various positions, Biran presents a unique view of Tel Aviv summer life; 'Tel Aviv without a beach is an entirely different city.'
Ido Biran|Published: 09.03.16 , 23:45
During the project "Tel Avivi," an city portrait I've been working on for the past two years, the place I found myself in the most was the beach. It has energy, it symbolizes freedom, it undergoes changes throughout the seasons and it attracts all manner of characters. There is no doubt it's one of the most popular things to do in the city, and it helps make the city what it is. Tel-Aviv without a beach is an entirely different city.
At the foot of the Hilton hotel, there are two beaches and both are perfect for surfing. The southern beach is also near the foot of the Carlton. Some call it the Carlton beach. However, surfers call it "Hilton A" and the northern beach "Hilton B." (Photo: Ido Biran)
Amazing graffiti that depicts the Tel Aviv experience (Photo: Ido Biran)
The religious beach on saturday. During the week, the beach is separated by days with only men and days with only women. On Saturday however, the beach is open to both sexes and is known as quite a nice beach. (Photo: Ido Biran)
One of the things I love to photograph (and of course, eat) are popsicles. Especially the old-fashioned popsicles that take me back to the 80s. Before the sophisticated popsicles of today, with pecan shavings or special flavors like tahini, we had chocolate, chocolate-banana and multi-flavored. Simple is good. (Photo: Ido Biran)
The new promenade with benches and shade will give you the urge to take a stroll (Photo: Ido Biran)
Mesmerizing sunset at Gordon beach (Photo: Ido Biran)
Sunset from the roof of the Leonardo Art hotel (Photo: Ido Biran)
Street musicians playing classical music to passers on the promenade in 2014. The promenade has since undergone a major facelift. (Photo: Ido Biran)
The view of the Givat HaAliya beach in Jaffa through an arched lattice window. (Photo: Ido Biran)
Tourists visiting the beach during Operation Protective Edge. No rocket or mortar would cause them to change their plans. (Photo: Ido Biran)
The segway craze has conquered Tel Aviv. Everywhere you go during the day, you can always find people on a segway tour. (Photo: Ido Biran)
The beautiful Jaffa port recently underwent a massive renovation. In front of the port is a breakwater, which can be reached by climbing a fence. The risk of being caught is worth the stunning view. (Photo: Ido Biran)
The view of the sea from the Neve Tzedek Tower. In the photo, you can see the neighborhood and the famous Suzanne Dellal house. I love to photograph the city (and the sea) from above and look for numerous bird's eye views. Sometimes it's from office towers, construction sites or apartments of friends. (Photo: Ido Biran)
Tel Aviv volleyball champions (Photo: Ido Biran)
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest city of all? (Photo: Ido Biran)
Sleeping beauty (Photo: Ido Biran)
Ido Biran (Photo: Orly Tal)
On the 16th and 17th of September, as part of the "Loving Art Making Art 2016" festival, meet photographer Ido Biran in his studio, and hear about his creative process and future vision.