Start exploring the details of the ordinary up close and
glimpse a world that you may never have noticed until you observed it magnified!
That's our prompt for week 14 of Sally's Focus on Life series! This theme was not as easy as I thought it would be. All week I remained indecisive on what subject to focus my camera on. "Up close" felt intimidating as I haven't learned the ins and outs of my camera's macro mode, although I use it regularly, in ignorance mind you. :-)
Hoping inspiration would strike, I emptied my handbag of all personal everyday items, looking for the "ordinary", and there it was. Money. Israeli banknotes with lots of color and design! I had no idea how colorful until looking through the lens at all the patterns and shapes, in shades of rust, purple, green, sepia and more. Each note represents some aspect of Israel's history (or men!), much like printed paper money in most countries, I expect.
As I was snapping away, noticing details I wasn't aware of until now, I wanted to learn more. Not having time to do the research, I found basic information on Wikipedia, entitled "Israeli New Shekel".
Most of the time I use 20, 50 and 100 shekel banknotes. As of this post, 20 shekels is about 5 US dollars, 50 shekels about 13 dollars and 100 shekels would be just over 27 dollars. Israeli banknotes are slightly larger than American bills and feel a bit different. In the photo above, the number "50" printed repetitively inside the gold "50" is barely visible, if at all, on the full size note.
That's probably more than anyone reading this post wants to know about Israeli money! At least I cut my final photo selection in half before posting. You've been spared, as I really got into it!
Once again, a big THANK YOU to Sally for giving me the opportunity to see the unique in the ordinary! Please check Sally's blog, The Studio Sublime, for more of the ordinary "up close"!