Albums (39)

  • Roadtrip: Lorne to Melbourne

    Roadtrip: Lorne to Melbourne

    Last modified: 5 years ago

  • Peace Activists Visit Damascus, May 2013

    Peace Activists Visit Damascus, May 2013

    Last modified: 6 years ago

    From 7 - 10 May 2013, a group of international peace activists traveled to Damascus with Mairead Maguire, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and Mother Agnes Mariam. This is a record of our visit. It presents some of the courageous people we met.

  • Children of refugees from Syria (2)

    Children of refugees from Syria (2)

    Last modified: 6 years ago

    These images were taken in Lebanon in May 2013. The children are mostly from Yarmouk in Damascus, a Palestinian 'camp' cum suburb. The mothers were reluctant to be photographed but were very friendly and chatty, and expressed their love for Syria and their wish to return (if they could not get on a plane with me to Australia, one said). There are a few individual images of children who look forlorn and lost as refugee children are often depicted; however,I hoped to show the children as they presented themselves to us - high-spirited and bright. They could be my neighbour's children, but unlike the children next door, they face a very uncertain future. Yet, their future may determine ours to some extent, wherever we are.
    (Soon after these images were taken, a SKY news reporter filmed people from Yarmouk prevented from returning home by 'rebels'.)

  • Children of Syrian refugees (1)

    Children of Syrian refugees (1)

    Last modified: 6 years ago

    In early May 2013, I joined a group of international peace activists who met in Beirut and then traveled to Damascus. While in Lebanon, we visited camps for people who had fled the terror and fighting in Syria. These are images of children in one camp. Most in this camp had fled the violence just on the other side of the Lebanese border. Despite extremely difficult living conditions, these children maintain the spirit and energy of most kids. But their parents understand that the fighting in Syria must end for that spirit to be maintained and their education continued back in Syria. They expressed their desire to be able to return home.

  • Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

    Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    These photographs were taken on two separate trips to Damascus, the first in November 2008 and the second in May 2009.

  • Seidnayya

    Seidnayya

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    The Greek Orthodox Convent of Seidnayya has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries, mainly due to the miracles attributed to an icon of the Virgin Mary, supposedly painted by St Luke. The icon has been covered to protect it from exposure to light etc, but pilgrims can enter the tiny room where it is held.

  • Women of Damascus

    Women of Damascus

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    Most of these photos appear in other albums I've created, but I realised that they would do better in an album dedicated to them, and to the women of Damascus!

  • Women of Cham (Damascus, Syria)

    Women of Cham (Damascus, Syria)

    Last modified: 6 years ago

    On a recent trip to Syria, I approached friends and women I came across in cafes and shops etc for their photos, explaining that I would upload the photos onto the Internet. I wanted to challenge the common stereotypes presented in Australia of Middle Eastern women. I also hoped to present the wonderful cultural diversity that exists within Syria. I hope these images reveal the tremendous spirit and strength of so many women I have met in Syria.

  • The President and Reforms

    The President and Reforms

    Last modified: 8 years ago

    These images were taken at recent rallies in Melbourne that were organized by people within the Syrian and Lebanese Australian communities. The people attended the rallies to express their support for President al-Assad and the recently introduced reforms, as well as national dialogue. I interviewed several participants and they spoke of their fear of 'terrorism' against soldiers, security personnel and civilians escalating in Syria. They support a peaceful road to democracy.

  • A walk around the old city, Damascus

    A walk around the old city, Damascus

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    Damascus is reputedly the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world; it holds a lot of stored memories and magic.

  • People of Damascus

    People of Damascus

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    The people in this album were friendly faces I encountered in the streets, homes, shops or galleries of Damascus in November - December 2008 and later in May - June 2009.

  • Focus on women in Syria

    Focus on women in Syria

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    Again, most of these images are in albums I have on Jalbum, but I think an album dedicated to the women of Syria is an excellent introduction to the diverse cultural and religious mix evident in Syria. It also makes a statement on where the country is today.

  • Historical Museum, Damascus

    Historical Museum, Damascus

    Last modified: 10 years ago

  • Beit Jabri

    Beit Jabri

    Last modified: 10 years ago

  • Damascus - A walking tour

    Damascus - A walking tour

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    In November 2008, I wandered around Damascus with my new Canon G10 to see the city as the locals might see it, through their eyes, with love.

  • Damascus - People 2008

    Damascus - People 2008

    Last modified: 10 years ago

    These photos were taken on a visit to Damascus in November - December 2008. Most if not all of the subjects are Damascenes; some are close friends, others are friendly faces or simply people who make up the wonderful diversity of the city.

  • Historical Museum, Damascus

    Historical Museum, Damascus

    Last modified: 10 years ago