Bosmat Gal became interested in the country of Georgia after hearing stories from friends about how beautiful and pleasant this country was. Gal knew this location had become particularly popular amongst travelers looking for low budget flights and backpackers, but she was actually interested in exploring a country originally home to many fellow Jews. A large number of Georgian Jews emigrated in the 1970s (and more in the nineties), and brought with them traditions, customs and their cuisine. “The history of the Georgian Jews caught my attention and I became curious to explore their country and concentrate on photographing whatever would catch my artistic eye: the beautiful landscape, people, nature, cities and special landmarks, such as monasteries and synagogues.” explains Bosmat.
Gal prepared for her trip by researching Georgia’s history, geography and lifestyle. She became even more eager when she learned about the country’s culture and green landscapes from a documentary. “I was especially interested in seeing with my own eyes the beauty of the Caucasus mountain chain, of which the highest peak reaches the altitude of over 5,000 meters, and is considered one of the highest peaks in Europe”.
The one negative thing that stood out to her was the seemingly large amount of stray dogs suffering from illnesses. “These dogs were afflicted with visible skin diseases and orthopedic lesions”. She says that these sights affect her as a veterinarian, but she was glad in some areas dogs were spayed and neutered. And she even got to show them some love. “Wherever I sat outdoors at least one dog would approach me so that I could pet them and give them a hug”.
Gal’s general experience was very positive. She claims she always felt safe and welcome. She describes tourists strolling through the capital, locals being friendly and at ease, and sights of art students, street musicians, families at parks and café guests going about their day. “During my short eight-day trip, I learned more about this country’s history while visiting important landmarks. I learned about its people while having a few personal encounters. I learned more about the lives of the past Jewish communities and their rich traditional life, which basically revolved around the local synagogue. Only a few thousand Jews currently remain in Georgia. The synagogues I visited are not very active but nevertheless are maintained in good condition, ready for any religious event.”
Bosmat Gal shares her photographs as she feels passionate about the new places she visits. Photographing is a way of recording her own stories and way to create tangible memories. “On a personal level, photographing also provides an opportunity for me to capture my travel experiences and gives me the possibility to revisit the details of all the places I have had the privilege to see with my own eyes and through my camera lens.”
Bosmat Gal was born and raised in Israel. Her traveling around the globe started at early age. Ever since she had carried a camera but later in life she did pursue a career as a veterinarian and went to school in Italy. She moved to Boston in 1986 to practice her specialty. Photography became her main activity for the past six years and her work was shown and published in various places.