Yaakov Israel seeks to explore Israel’s tangled identity, and in doing so to understand more about himself and his origins. Orthodox Jewish tradition foretells the return of the messiah upon a white donkey. While Yaakov Israel was taking photographs near the Dead Sea, a Palestinian man rode past him riding just such a mule. The man agreed to be photographed by Yaakov. It was only after he had developed the film that Yaakov realised that he had witnessed his ‘messiah’. This ‘revelation’ impelled Yaakov to begin his quest of identity, and the image forms the centrepiece of his book, forming the heart and soul of the project.

Schilt Publishers 2012