Saying SOMETHINGS with @JILLSCHWEBER

INTERVIEWED BY ERIIIIIIINNNN

E: Jill...DID you have one specific moment where you realized you were going to pursue photography (and be really good at it)?

JS: I think maybe when my high school photography teacher first showed us the Natgeo cassette video is when I said "I wanna do that!". Ma and pa wanted me to be a lawyer...they thought I'd be good at it :)

E: You speak three different languages. Do you use your photography intentionally like a language to communicate specific ideas/emotions/opinions? 

JS: Spanish, English and Hebrew. Yes I would say that although I speak all three neither of them are one hundred percent perfect and I do get confused and mix up words/make up my own hence being a bad communicate-r. I hope I'm communicating something through my images! 

E: LOOK @ THIS PHOTOGRAPH (the one of the girls with the bike and skateboard and uniforms). Who are these humans and where did you get those uniforms?

JS: Shot this for Kita Tet. They make cute backpacks by hand, One of the designers grew up religiously- religious so we shot the series as a close resemblance to her high school experience. She's not religious anymore, It was really fun to shoot. The girls are not in high school... one is a lesbian, one is a actor and the other is a Pilippino Israeli.  

E: People have mini melt downs when they find out you have a twin brother. Why do you think they can’t handle this truth?

JS: Dude I'm not sure. Being a twin is all I know. We shared the womb that's it!

E: If you had to give a Ted Talk to a group of 13-year-old girls, what would you speak about and why?

JS: 13 is not an easy age to be a gal. I guess, I would talk about how to be a confident young women and explain with facts and diagrams how everything they think is important at the time doesn't really matter. 

E: You just moved back to Vancouver after living in Tel Aviv for 5 years. What did you Tel her? why did it take 5 years? why did I just say this?

JS: I love Tel Aviv and I told her that maybe I'd stay forever, but maybe it was time for a new place! maybe I'll go back. Maybe. Lots of maybes right now in Jill's life ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

E: Smell is linked to the part of the brain that processes emotion and memory. What does Tel Aviv smell like to you?

JS: Tel Aviv smells like dust and flowers and when it gets really hot pee pee. I love it. Special place, special smell.

E: You recently told me (the one time I met you) that on the flight to Tel Aviv men refuse to sit next to woman, can you shed some light on this entire experience for me?

JS: Lots of people who travel to and from Israel are Orthodox Jews. They can't touch women that aren't their wives. And when you book a flight you can't request for a seat next to someone with the same sex as yourself. So before the flight can take off and everyone is on plane there is a HUGE jumble of people trying to switch seats with out saying out loud the real reason why and it takes FOREVER. I never switch, I stick to my original seat and watch the entire plane play musical chairs. The poor flight attendants try and make it happen quickly but damn it's annoying. Then during the flight, I may or may not accidentally/purposely brush up against a couple of orthodox passengers as I pass them on the way to the toilet. 

E: You could fly as an undercover woman/wear a man disguise?

JS: Have you ever seen Yentl starring Barbara Streisand? It's exactly that she dresses up as a boy so she can study Torah. Papa can you heaaar me!

E: We discussed our grandparents and retirement/care homes. Do you think that by the time our generation is in need of care homes they will be significantly different than todays? will we be happily living in our iPhones by then?

JS: I hope not. I'm a little worried of what's in store for us. So many amazing medical advancements but when will we take it too far? at the end of the day we are supposed to die. If we all end up living sixty years more then the previous generation and the robots have taken over our jobs by then, how will we have enough money to retire if we prolong the life experience??

Petey