Our desensitized minds are littered with photos of protesters battling police and starving children infomercials, which become lumped together. Always we hear about these social issues but when about the reasons behind why these effects occur. Does anybody ever know the suicide bomber’s upbringing and reasoning? After photographing countless 60-year-old refugee camps I can easily grasp why the mutiny is occurring. Camps such as the Balata in Nablus and Dheisheh in Bethlehem are breeding grounds for the jihad. The become factories pumping out generations of hate filled products. Palestinian’s vent this anger on holidays such as Naksa day or “catastrophe” day, which solely revolves around throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers. I began photographing this conflict still very naïve to the situation in Jerusalem’s, Shu’fat refugee camp. Two hours passed, touring the 60-foot concrete wall surrounded slum with no issues at all. Then I was setup and ambushed by three men that put pistols to my head and took everything I had. To this day, I do not blame them and will continue to show their struggle.
My decision to become a photographer meant only to become a war photographer. I conceive images to reveal unseen truths about the world, especially in conflicted societies. We all know we're being played by our governing bodies, yet we never take a stand, out of fear our voices won't be heard. As we continue to overpopulate, what will become fair? What rights will be lost as people become less valuable to these faceless leaders?
It's mandatory for me to understand, befriend, and photograph the ones who take to the streets with Molotov cocktails, knowing they are justified. The ones forced into full revolt, just to save what they know is fair. What I say to those who ignore the horrific acts happening in our world is that, many people cannot avoid these tragedies and if we don't help and understand then who will? Hopefully my work will spark the motivated to join these fights. But if not I know at least, I'm taking a stand. To become one of the strangers
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