Paul at everydayhybridity posted recently about photographer Sam Ashley’s work on skateboarders and their sartorial touches. But he also also tipped me off about the photographer’s blog that features skating-related “photostories” in various urban places. Here’s a look into Beirut, the Lebanese capital of retro-cool modernism.
Don’t play with war: I was captivated by the scenery before I got my camera out of my bag. In the foreground a soldier in his bunker and in the background a Ferris wheel that looked like it had been shot at. The contrasting dualism in the image struck me before I took the picture. Square/round, adult world/child world, war/peace. Unfortunately I was arrested since I was not allowed to take photos of the military, but I managed to show them a cropped version on my camera screen, displaying only the Ferris wheel. Photo taken in Beirut, Lebanon. (© Janus Langhorn/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Jamal Saidi/Reuters: Workers hang a poster of Pope Benedict XVI in preparation for his arrival for a three-day visit to Lebanon, in Jounieh, north of Beirut September 4, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon from September 14-16.