Two years ago, I arrived in the Gaza Strip fully anticipating the most depressing scenes. Wary of my presence and confident that nobody would appreciate a camera documenting their private struggles, I set my camera up for stealth shots that would get me in and out of a situation fast. But I quickly learned what few outside of Gaza seem to realize: Despite the siege and occupation, Gaza is vibrant with life and love. I changed my camera settings and my mindset and embraced the colorful energy in the Gaza Strip.
This summer, in 2013, I crossed through Rafah with my camera pointed up not down. I wanted to capture the dignity and strength of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from the very start. I wanted to share their emotions just as much as their stories. I also wanted to capture the mysterious glow that illuminates Gaza even when the sun hides behind the curvature of the sea.
I wish I could show you what my eyes saw. But the best I can do is show you what my camera saw. I hope it shows you Gaza like you’ve never seen it before.
A horse rears up on the beach in Gaza City as families begin to arrive with packed dinners to break their fasts on the shore.
A man sits in the entrance to his home in the Gaza Strip. One traditional architectural feature of homes in the Gaza Strip are these long and open hallway entrances that lead from the gates facing the street all the way to the main door of the building.
The sun sets on the Gaza Strip, behind the low waves of the Mediterranean Sea. [Read more...]