I met Israel in the Jewish ghetto in Rome. Surely he is so far the most interesting guy I met for this project. When I approached him, as usual I began to explain him the 100 strangers philosophy. He looked interested but he didn't give me an answer: "Yes, it's fine with me, I want to participate or no I don't care, thanks".
Then we started to chat and I didn't realize we were not talking anymore about photography. But I didn't care. I was like hypnotized. From time to time I tried to bring the conversation back to the project, saying things like: "Ok, Israel, explain me in a few words, what do you do in your life? Because I have to write down a few lines in the description of your picture".
He tried to explain but honestly, I didn't understand very well ... he writes, in Hebrew of course, words, and he links these words with numbers and both words and numbers have symbolic value that should help people to understand themselves better.
But in the meantime we shared a coffee, he told me stories about his family, his son that was traveling to Switzerland and so many other things. Then he suddenly said: "One photo right? Is it just one one photo?" I said: "Yes Israel, one photo". "Ok, he said, but I cannot see it on the Internet, 'cause I have no line at home, no television and I have this mobile phone phone that costs maybe one euro!". "No, problem, Israel, I'll make a print for you. I'll be back here, I only caught 14 strangers and I have to reach one hundred!"
Thank you so much Israel for participating in my project!