Pictures from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

3 weeks of traveling between Lebanon, Syria and Jordan gave us time to take many, many pictures of these fascinating countries…We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did…
Each ot them has a story, but I would like to relate the story of what I would call “the absent picture”. While walking in Beirut in Wadi Bou Jmil to get to the old synaguoge that the project “Jews of Lebanon” is trying to rebuild, we were stopped by taking pictures of the whole street by at least three security guards, all communicating with each other by walkie-talkie…When we asked (rather annoyed) the reason to that, the answers we got were, at the very least, elusive… Now, I’m sorry, but I came to this exact spot 3 or 4 years ago, took pictures of this exact same place and nobody seemed to notice (I can’t even remember security guards). We still don’t know if this is because of the proximity of the Grand Sérail or for some other reason, but one could hope for that one day, the security of the people of Lebanon will be taken as much seriously as the life of their leaders, or as the fate of this one Beirut street, that’s apprently so precious even pictures could hurt it…

Summer 2009

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