Most of what I knew about Iraq seemed hopeless and violent, but I thought I might be wrong about that.
It was in Cairo during the Arab Spring of 2011 where I first fell in love with the people and complexity of the Middle East region. In June 2017 I made my way to Iraq, and this website is dedicated to the photographs and stories about the experience and wonderful people I met.
What's been lost in the wake of ISIS and who are the displaced people? What does it mean to suffer unimagiable horror and still find hope? What kind of help is still needed? And why is everyone so generous and friendly, and yet so quick to fight each other? These were just some of the questions I had. And since it's hard to really understand anything from a safe distance, I decided to go there instead.
My initial trip over three weeks in July was spent visiting homes and large encampments in the Kurdish and northern Arab regions of Iraq, including Kirkuk, Sinjar and Mosul. I wanted meet strange new people, make some photographs, and learn new things for the purpose of creating meaningful stories that people may enjoy and benefit from.