Hi, I’m Israel. I’m a writer, a speaker, and a nice guy. I’m passionate about art and creativity, and I have just finished a 2-year trip around Australia with my wife and two kids as The Root Cause, empowering kids to make better food choices. That’s me up top, with the three loves of my life. (I’m the one with the very short hair on the right. Just, you know, in case.)
I write about life, challenges, work, depression, art, and love – partly because I love writing and want to strengthen my writing muscles again, and partly because I love helping people. Who knows? Maybe something I’ve experienced and written about will help you?
I am a depression survivor, and have given seminars, written articles and given interviews about my journey into and out of depression – and I’m a proud Community Champion for PANDA. I believe mental health needs all the awareness it can get. I also participate in Fluro Friday whenever I can.
For a few years (2013-2014), I produced and wrote over 600 daily Inspirational Quotographs and accompanying essays – about life, challenges, work, depression, art and love. I’m immensely proud of this part of my body of work. Explore the archive here.
From 2004-2015 I spent 12 years as a professional family portrait and wedding photographer. I no longer shoot professionally (or much at all, really), but if you’re a past client and want access to your archives, I still have everything I ever shot. Send me an email and we can figure something out.
I’m working on a memoir of the past few years of my life, called From Normal To Nomad. In it, I will explore the crazy adventure of leaving a regular life in Sydney, and packing my life into a motorhome to travel Australia for 2+ years. I blogged daily about it for a while, and I’m slowly re-building my writing muscle to finish the book and get it published.
I’ve sporadically written a bunch of other stuff over the past few years, and if you feel like trawling through it all, start here. I’m also heavily involved in The Root Cause, and hanging out with the three greatest loves of my life.
(See “My family” above.)
Welcome. It’s great to meet you.