All photographs were taken in Lebanon in the summer of 2018. Beirut, Basloukit & Baalbek are some of the key places. This was a huge trip, one I’ve waited my entire life to take, one that was made truly epic as my entire family would be joining me a week into my time there. I traveled firstly to Beirut solo which was wild, exhilarating and absolutely wonderful. Beirut is old, new and entirely not what you think of when you hear the name ‘Beirut’. I expected to find destroyed buildings and piles of rubble everywhere; instead I found palm trees, beautiful condo construction and luxury cars at every turn. The only visible sign of its turbulent past was the occasional military check point.
I ventured out of Beirut and up the mountains, beyond the clouds, to my fathers birth place (Basloukit) and saw for the first time the small town that was the backdrop of so many stories I had heard growing up. It was surreal. My father showed me places that I had imagined for over 30 years. It was everything I had expected, it was perfect and everything I looked at was awe inspiring in its own way. Each photograph in this series is both in the past and in the future, I realize now I was capturing what my imagination had created and what I found to be real; a place that is just as much a feeling as it is a tangible thing.