Israeli photographer Yonatan Sindel prefers to look at life through a lens. Ever since he was 15 and received his first camera as a gift, he became particularly enthralled with photographing the ultra-Orthodox or haredi community, finding unity and inspiration through the pictures. Yonatan is now part of the multi-artist project the Rafael Collection, organized by Rafael Rosenfeld. In the beginning of June, the online visual gallery will launch at www.therafaelcollection.com.
Can you talk about yourself? How did you first get into photography?
I was born in Jerusalem about 30 years ago. I grew up in Nachlaot [neighborhood] and then later moved to Baka. I went to the Democratic School in Jerusalem. I started getting into photography when I was about 15 because that’s when I got my first camera from my parents.
Today, it’s all digital, but it was film back then.