Photo Talk: Mountaintop conversation with a multi-millioniare Israeli Mechanic

March 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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“I can buy any car. I'm a multi-millionaire," explains Nesse Cohen from a lookout point on the Skyline Drive in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park. "My mother left me a building. That's the only cars I like." With a thick accent that I'd expect from an Israeli who has lived almost forty years in New York City, Nesse shows me around his 1987 Westfalia van. It’s his sixth one. It has “two stories” and he sleeps and cooks in it most nights when on the road. He converted the fridge to more cabinet space because a cooler with ice will keep things cold for three days. He starts showing me some of his camera gear. “You know B&H Photo, I live right next door.” He hands me a Sony A7. Sitting next to the cooler is Canon’s top of the line DSLR, an EOS 1-D.

 

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Cohen is a mechanic by trade and races BMW motorcycles, “Over the world, since I was a baby,” he says as we look out towards the Massanutten Mountain. He’s been shooting thousands of images a week for the past twenty years and knows my camera gear better than I do. Often times, dropping f-bombs to praise things like sensors and lens multipliers.


“I’m tired living in a big city. When I was young, your age, it was good. I think I want to move out to Tennessee, but I don’t know I might get bored. New York is a very busy place.”

 

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Day #2 of the 2016 #AvoidPollen tour is complete as I explored the Shendoah between Steeles Tavern, VA and Harper's Ferry, WV. Next Stop: New York.

 

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