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Compelling Images Of Tourists Wallowing In The Dead Sea

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Every weekend for more than two years, Israeli photographer Alexander Bronfer has traveled to a small beach located along the coast of the Dead Sea in Israel, to shoot ‘Sodom’: a series of peculiar images of the visitors that pass through the area.

Bronfer drove by car to Ein Bokek Beach, positioned in the Judean desert under Mount Sodom—a remarkable archeological site that is made entirely of rock salt. Mount Sodom is named after the Biblical Sodom; the notoriously wicked and sinful city mentioned in the Book of Genesis. Because of the mountain’s salt formation, the air and ocean water at Ein Bokek Beach is extraordinarily salty, and as a result the beach is not usually frequented by Israelis. Instead, the occasional tourist can be observed frollicking about on the sand or in the water. “Sometimes I spend several hours waiting for somebody to come”, explains Bronfer. “But the low number of visitors gave me the opportunity to experiment and depict one of the most ancient and most beautiful places in the world.”

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All images © Alexander Bronfer