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Looking Back.

By david deveson  
Conversations with refugees are sometimes interrupted with a vacant moment.
It's a moment when the speaker is distracted for an instant: an instant that takes them momentarily back into the past.
A past which mercifully only lasts for a second or two but which is none the less painful to recall.
When they drag themselves back into the present the conversation you are having returns to a normality which unfortunately is anything but normal.
Life in a Syrian Refugee Camp on the border with Lebanon is never normal.

Tags: Photo journalism Syria Refugee camp Lebanon Woman portrait

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24 Sep 2021 9:43AM
A powerful and, poignant image
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 22 Wales
24 Sep 2021 9:53AM
Lovely portrait, tells a great story. I know she is looking out of the picture on the short side but in this instance it works.
Tom.
david deveson 17 62 2 Italy
24 Sep 2021 11:30AM

Quote:Lovely portrait, tells a great story. I know she is looking out of the picture on the short side but in this instance it works.
Tom.


I didn't know there were 'rules' about 'the short side' (whatever that is!).
24 Sep 2021 12:17PM
Stunning portrait and so well described in your info
Tony
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
25 Sep 2021 9:29PM
I was just thinking that it's a very effective image just because she's looking to the left, from close to the edge of the frame. I suspect the reason it works so well, and resonates with your text, is because (to Western eyes) left is 'backwards' and 'the past' - the closeness to the edge suggests something cut off.

And there's the distant, regretful look in her gaze. Remembering good things lost forever. It's a remarkably intimate image.

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