I love the sea, I grew up next to it. Sailing boats are a thing of beauty for me, the way they move when under sail, the sound of the wind in the rigging as the bow kisses the waves. Hands on the wheel, sails taken in and let out as you play with the wind to find that perfect spot, poetry in motion, when the boat comes alive and surges forward as if pushed onwards by an invisible hand. There is something about sailing into the wide open void of the ocean, being out of sight of land, that brings a complete sense of your place in the universal order of things, not that we are too small to be important, but that we are a part of the universal whole.
Finally the book is ready. A photographic journey into Syria that looks at the lives of the people; refugees and rebels. They allowed me deep into their lives, the book is a photo documentary of all that I saw and experienced. You will understand the warmth and kindness of the people as they struggle to survive a brutal situation. As far as I am aware this is the first ever photo documentary book to be published about the situation in Syria. Buy the book and get your friends to buy it, in this way I will be able to go back to the refugee camps and continue my work. It is a high quality hardback, 91 page book with more than 100 colour and black & white photographs along with comments. The book will take you on a journey you have never experienced before. You can find my book here
In the beginning there was a lot of shock and outrage at the information gathering that takes place by the NSA and GCHQ etc. Most people had no idea of the capability of intelligence agencies to gather information about everybody who might be a suspect now or considered one in the future, and that includes you. But there is an interesting psychological effect of the drip feed effect of the Snowden files being released.
People become habituated, they get used to hearing and seeing things, they see a news story of something related to what the intelligence agencies are up to. After a while, after enough stories have come out, people in general lose interest, it becomes a big yawn.
This suits the intelligence agencies perfectly, people are being psychologically conditioned to accept the fact that they are being watched and there is nothing they can do about it even if they are doing nothing wrong. The world is being conditioned and it doesn’t even know it. But on a side note I also have to say that those who think they are in control are also being used.
The reason why I created this post is to show how easy it is to get people to look at something using a very different subject.
Opening of my exhibition on 15th November 2013. Syria: Facing the revolution: It features select photographs by UK born photographer Russell Chapman who travelled to the Middle East in the spring of 2013, documenting the revolution and its impact on human life in Syria and in the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. For Chapman, “Photography does not mean to freeze what you just saw but more what you just felt. When we venture into our past, our memories are not like a continuous film that runs on in our head but more like images, in which we recognize forms that touch all of our senses.”
The exhibition is curated by Professor Johanna Fassl, faculty member at Franklin College Switzerland and director of Columbia University in Venice,