In September 2003, I began a teaching contract at the British Council in Damascus. Over two years, I befriended hundreds of Syrians. There was a warmth and a buzz in the classrooms which ensured I loved working in Damascus. On my days off and on later visits, I sought to photograph the warmth, spirit and energy of Syrians. So at historical sites, in the souq, in cafes, shops, on a university campus, in a hospital or a hairdresser, I would approach locals, women in particular, and request to take their photograph. I explained that the world knew so little about Syria and I wanted to present Syria to the wider world. I did it with love. I can’t remember any Syrian who didn’t smile at my camera, to the world.
Editor, Beloved Syria