How is it that an image – a photograph or a painting – can often affect us more deeply than seeing something (a place, event or object) with our own eyes? I think the power of vision is distilled through human eyes and imagination. A subject is thus reduced to its essence and meaning becomes apparent. Yaal Herman, in his ambitious and handsomely produced volume, “In Sight” shows us the power of image and imagination, image and word. Yaal invests sight with insight, in a sequence that pairs biblical texts and original commentary with unique and delicate imagery inviting meditation. This book presents Yaal’s personal quest for meaning. It is a rewarding quest.
We love your book! We connect to it completely. We keep it on our living room table and it keeps everyone mesmerized for ever. Maxine and I know and appreciate how much time and thought you put into each photograph and everyone we tell, fully appreciates the beautiful results. You have rediscovered nature through black and white, revived shape and form in nature, and reawakened the appreciation of the Tanach in everything we see.
I started to look through the book last night and need more time with it but it’s truly a gem and an important piece of work on so many levels -the artistry is magnificent and the Torah connections profound. I haven’t seen something like this in a long time!
Beginning with the desolation and chaos at the beginning of the composition, continuing with the earliest movements of life and different stages of human consciousness, and ending with the movement of wide-ranging circles of humanity making their way back toward their earliest origins in the Land of Israel.