a great eye for composition, Ruth Beker often sets out with her camera
in search of beauty. She finds and “records the beautiful things that I
see. When you take a picture, you never get exactly what you see.” In
fact Ruth’s images are so strong and alive. She manages to hone in on a
particular aspect of the greater scene and capture it as an entity unto
In addition to her visual art, Ruth is a poet. She began writing poetry
after the Yom Kippur War. Writing creates tension for Ruth. While her
products are thought provoking to the reader, the process is difficult
for the poet. “Real writing records thinks and expresses my strong
feelings which have nowhere else to go,” she says.
“I just do it because, it is what I do. I run away from it (the
writing) as much as I can, even though I know it is a good thing. Life
isn’t always beautiful, it is also complicated.”
Widowed at a young age, Ruth raised her four children as a single
mother in Israel. Today the family continues to be close and her
children and grandchildren live nearby.
I am blooming fifty
here in my garden.
The straps of my heart
are drawn hard and tight.
I pedal faster, but the hill
is still upright. It moves
further and further from me.
There are shadows on the mountain.
Everything is open in town. I come
and go as I please.
Spring makes me cry without you
this year. I lost you on the way
to summer, a long way from here.
The sun is going down on the
hibiscus, red in our garden.
From an anthology by Ruth Beker, Reading in the Dark.
An artist rather than a business woman, Ruth is content to photograph
and write. Realizing that her work is far too good to be kept a secret,
her son Ehud, together with his mom, opened Ruth Beker Holdings.
The mother-son team produces note cards, bookmarks, calendars and other
items using Ruth’s photographs. Most of the images are taken in Israel.
An idealist, a Zionist, and deeply influenced by the Holocaust, Ruth
wanted to live in Israel and promote Israel to the public. Upon her
graduation from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Ruth
immigrated to Israel.
Today, as she did prior to the Six Day War, Ruth feels passionate about
the country. “I think that the country is special. So many people gave
their lives for this country and sacrificed everything for it. People
love it like they love a man, woman or child. So much is given
for this holy country to be able to exist. Passion, emotions, love,
time and life… It is a holy country where the mystical union between
God and the Jewish people can be felt.”