Photography is an entryway, coming to me as a means of refuge. Born and raised in a conservative rural village in south Lebanon, mostly known for its cross-border wars and skirmishes. Photography was a way to step away from the overbearing homogeneity on display- oppositions that dampen creativity, rather than enlighten, to manifest a world of deeper meaning and sensitivity.
My practice consists primarily of individual and group portraits in surroundings that are intimate, which often act as a personal refuge. The images admire the subject and their environments from a distance, accentuated by targeted manipulation of light, creative use of flash and a preference for working primarily with black and white.
The opposition of naturalism and intimate portraiture, as well as the emotional scope and specific social contexts, lends the portraits a timeless affect and universal sympathy. Subjects as personal and universal as generational loss, sexuality and its social opposition, personal grief, pain and national longing are given room to exist- topics I would otherwise avoid tackling, without the freedom and unlimited levels of intimacy offered by photography.