We stepped off the plane at Heathrow Terminal 5, collected our bags and walked out of the building and this scene greeted us. My wife said: ‘get a picture, get a picture’. I didn’t need a second invitation.
This image follows on from my last post (if you haven’t seen it, click here). There will be many of you who will look at the way these men are dressed and recognize that they are Orthodox Jews. How very strange that the first people I should spot on touch down were these two men. But stranger still is the fact that we encountered many families in similar dress in the Saas Fee valley.
Carrying a SLR camera inevitably leads to a number of encounters (it happens on all holidays, and I suspect to many of you too) where people approach with their cameras, and via sign language or verbal enquiries in a variety of languages, ask me to take their pictures. And as a result I had several conversations, finding that a lot of these families were from North London. I asked them if there was a special reason why they came to the Saas Valley, having heard from our Travel Company’s Rep that she believed there was a link between the Jewish community and the valley dating back to WW2. No-one could confirm the existence of a link – it was, they said, simply that word of mouth had spread through their community that Saastal was a beautiful place to go for a holiday. How right they are.
I’ve included the original colour version and the B&W conversion. For me they create different moods. The colour one has warmth – it was early evening. The B&W version accentuates the black suits and the white water fountains and allows a level of contrast that colour never matches. Which do you prefer?
The title wording, by the way, comes from the OT – Joel 3:18. It just seemed so appropriate considering where we had all been. Check out the entire verse.