Photographing the forbidden: Surveillance camera during the Shabbat ritual.

Nowadays everything is photographed. Every single day we take millions of photos with all kinds of cameras in all kinds of moments: we record our daily lives, our rituals and our celebrations, We are even being photographed when we don't know it, countries like the UK and China, security cameras control the whole city. Nothing escapes in the picture. The ultra-orthodox Jewish community seems to be challenging our times. On their holiest day, the "Shabbat" (1 full day a week), the Jews do not turn on or off the light, as well as any other electrical devices, in order not to violate a precept written in the Torah, the holy book. Also, they don't do several activities during that day: writing, drawing, working, painting, connecting to the internet, and of course, photographing. Photographing during the Shabbat ritual is forbidden as it is considered a law-breaking action and is considered a man-made creation too. Taking a photograph during that day would violate the law of the sacred rite. However, surveillance cameras without human intervention are not prohibited. This project explores the relationship between photo-automatic systems and photography itself through the ritual of the Shabbat: Is the photography an act of man-made creation or a machine creation?