Photo contributed: The Temple Family. From left to right are Dave, Emily, Colin, Chloe and Holly Temple at the Temple family home.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A local man was chosen among 80 million people to travel to Israel.
Dave Temple, a Columbia City man, received a phone call from the people at Once In A Lifetime saying he was one of 10 photographers chosen by the students of the University of Tel Aviv (UTA).
Temple is also children‚Äôs author ‚ÄúKewiki‚ÄĚ and has 161,000 followers on Instagram, a social media site for photographers. Kewiki is the creator and illustrator of Wilbur the Ant.
He and nine other top photographers will travel Sept. 2 to 11 throughout Israel.
‚ÄúA highlight for me is meeting Israeli President Shimon Peres,‚ÄĚ said Temple.
‚ÄúPresident Peres has a passion for the youth of Israel. There is currently a strong push to bring other people into Israel to see the modernization and new technology of Israel. President Peres is a lively guy.‚ÄĚ
Temple describes Instagram as a social media site developed two years ago for the Iphone and IPad.
‚ÄúEarlier this year Instagram was opened to Android and currently has 80 million users. Basically Instagram was intended for photographers to share their photos. It‚Äôs for commercial photographers as well as the every day photographers. It‚Äôs just like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.‚ÄĚ
Temple and his wife, Holly, really enjoy Instagram because they often make genuine and long-term friends and travel to Chicago to hang out with them.
‚ÄúI filled out an application for this adventure and we scheduled a face to face meeting for the interview process. Then the phone call came and they told me I had won this trip. It‚Äôs all very exciting,‚ÄĚ he said.
Once the phone call came Temple became excited and quickly applied for his first-ever passport.
Temple uses a Canon camera with several types of lenses.
‚ÄúQuite frankly, most of my shots are taken with my Iphone 4S 8 Mega Pixel. I have an Olloclip for it. One side is a micro lens and the other is a fish eyes lens,‚ÄĚ said Temple.
This is the third year for the trip, led by students of the UTA. The past two years were exclusively for travel bloggers.
‚ÄúBut the great thing is they opened it up to photographers like myself,‚ÄĚ said Temple.
Other photographers are from France, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York and Texas.
‚ÄúI know one of other photographers already. I know Joey Mena of San Francisco. I met his mom, Noelle a while back,‚ÄĚ said Temple.
The UTA students posted their goal.
‚ÄúWe believe that in today‚Äôs world, international public opinion is mostly shaped through social networking and visual media. Instagram is a unique platform for people from all over the world to share their impressions and experiences with each other as a global community. As students we wish to connect with young influential instagramers from around the world for a once in a life time experience! Israel is a fascinating summer destination ‚Äď from historical sites, incredible landscapes and a wide array of culture events to breathtaking beaches and vibrant nightlife.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe whole point of this trip is to show the real Israel. My itinerary is incredible. We are going to White City and Jerusalem. I‚Äôm really interested in old city alleys. I‚Äôll shoot a lot of those over there,‚ÄĚ said Temple.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll travel to the market and then to the Dead Sea Hotel. That‚Äôs where the reception is with President Peres. Than after that I hope to float in the Dead Sea.
‚ÄúThen it‚Äôs off to the Museum of Art, the Ancient City and then the desert. We‚Äôll see the street art and galleries at Jaffa Port. We‚Äôll have a traditional Sabbath Dinner at the Sea of Galilee,‚ÄĚ he said.
Other adventures will be to typical Israeli gardens and the National Park. Sailing on a yacht is a high point for Temple.
‚ÄúEach of the days have general photo opportunities such as architecture, politics, people and the over all culture.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll be able to try new foods. I‚Äôm just hoping to soak it all in and listen. We are the guests of Israeli students. It will be neat to see why they are so passionate about their country,‚ÄĚ said Temple.
‚ÄúI hope we see the overall culture in a different view of a very Biblical place,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúI hope to tell my story of Israel through my lens,‚ÄĚ he said.
Temple will most likely share his photos in a journal or even a book and you can bet Wilbur the Ant will go to Israel too.
During the day he works for Columbia City‚Äôs own Sound Ideas, where he is the digital media director.
‚ÄúThere is a sense of pride on going on this trip on behalf of your hometown. All over the world there is this stigma about Hoosiers. And these students are saying ‚Äėthis guy‚Äôs got talent‚Äô. I‚Äôm so honored they chose me and I love to uplift Columbia City along with it,‚ÄĚ said Temple.
The Temples have three children, Emily who is a freshman at Eagle Tech and twins Colin and Chloe, students at Indian Springs Middle School. And while Dave is traveling the family will not be watching the news regarding the unrest in Israel.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt like to fly and I‚Äôm concerned about Dave flying overseas. The kids are excited for him and I am too. A little part of me is jealous but I‚Äôm glad that he‚Äôs getting this opportunity,‚ÄĚ said Holly Temple, also an Instragram photographer.
Even though this is the first over-seas trip for Temple, it doesn‚Äôt stop at Israel. He‚Äôs already been asked to serve on the council of the Normandy Electronic Art Summit and will serve on the council with Johan duToit (one of France‚Äôs most noted photographers) at Normandy‚Äôs 2013 summit.