Looking back.

I’ve been watching alot of the youtube vids on Syria lately, the uprising and the conflict.
The footage is just wild, I can’t believe it’s the same place I was based only 18 months ago.

I remember hanging out at the main bus terminal in Homs, trying to organize a driver to take us to Turkey, and now the place is pretty much a pile of rubble.

A big part of me wishes I was back there now, the excitement and chaos, the turbulent environment, that constant threatening danger of how you’ll get to the next place, getting to document a part of history, sitting on those little plastic chairs eating Shwarma and drinking fresh juice. I miss it.

In no particular order, these are a few snapshots of my last time in Syria.

178 Responses to “Syria”

  1. 1 apocketfulofnotes March 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Really stunning pictures. I felt the sadness for that little boy. Loved the bathroom illustration pic. Great job.

  2. 2 Amber March 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    love it! Should have gone when I was over that way… who knows if it will ever be the same?

  3. 3 Mikalee Byerman March 30, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Wow — the boy photographed in that first picture reveals such a somber heaviness in his gaze…you can see the pain behind his eyes. As a mother, I am absolutely devastated by that photo…

    (…which, by the way, is a compliment to you as the photographer!)

  4. 4 devilintheflesh March 30, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Great Pictures! I hope those people succeed. I just heard on the new that the army is deliberately targeting children.

  5. 7 Booksphotographsandartwork March 30, 2012 at 3:58 am

    It’s scary what one evil man or woman can do to an entire society.

  6. 9 ramiungarthewriter March 30, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I’ve never been to Syria, but I’ve been to Israel. People say that Israel mistreats those within its borders, but it’s people like Assad and his armies we should be railing against in the UN.

  7. 10 Constance V. Walden March 30, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. Connie

  8. 11 aktivista March 30, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Yes it is sad what SAD can do to small coutries. You dont even think of it dont you? You believe to american liars in the great newspapers arent you?

    I am sick of you americans

  9. 12 Tim Shey March 30, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Great photos. Lots of history in Syria. I have heard that Damascus is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is very interesting what is happening in Syria, the civil unrest, etc.

    • 13 May April 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

      That’s right .Damascus is the oldest inhabited capital in the world,and Syria presented the world’s first alphabet \”Ugarit alphabet”\

  10. 15 dianabletter March 30, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I thank you for these photos. I live in northern Israel, only a few hours from Syria and yet it is a place I’ve never seen. I am shocked and devastated that the world is silent while Assad is killing so many people–men, women, children…It is an outrage and nobody is speaking out against it! Thank you for sharing the pictures. I am praying for my neighbors and hope we can live in peace one day so that I can visit there. diana

    • 16 Luke Ford April 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Diana of Israel. I think you forgot to pray for your other neighbors….the Palestinians.

      • 17 dianabletter April 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        Yes, Luke Ford, I do pray for the Palestinians! I hope that Abu Mazen & Hamas can form a coalition government. That would be wonderful! I long for peace both for Israel and Palestine and hope and pray that we can have two states living side by side where Christians, Jews, Muslims and Druze live in peace. So yes, I thank you for your reply and let’s work together for a peaceful solution! By the way, have you heard from anyone inside Syria lately?

    • 18 Luke Ford April 3, 2012 at 2:27 am

      It’s good you see this aspect of supporting Palestine as well. Yes, I have spoken to a few friends in Syria recently, just the other day in fact, and they tell me it is a media machine in support of the opposition funded by surrounding countries… an attempt to remove the secular government and replace with a hard line Islamist-based government which does not give its people the same rights to practice their own religions freely.

      • 19 dianabletter April 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        Hi Luke, Thanks for your reply. Do you think what is happening in Syria is the same as what happened to Egypt? What do your friends say about the Arab Spring? I hope that non-Muslims will be safe in Syria – there is a problem for Christians and others now in Egypt.

  11. 20 barefoot_med_student March 30, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Wow. These are amazing. My heart bleeds for Syria now.

  12. 21 littlesquares March 30, 2012 at 5:00 am

    wonderful shots; the pictures of the kids are just so spontaneous, while the ones of the food are so curious!

  13. 22 williamw60640 March 30, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Thanks for your post at this time of great strife and tragedy in Syria. I wish safety and peace for all Syrians.

  14. 23 ტაწяნა March 30, 2012 at 5:37 am

    WoW Your Blog is very interesting ! i like it !

  15. 24 konu anlatımı March 30, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Really beatiful photos 🙂 Best wishes

  16. 25 thesquareflea March 30, 2012 at 5:38 am

    These are such beautiful pictures and like you I can’t believe what’s going on there today. I have a really close friend from Syria and she is able to stay here in the US but her family is still in Homs. She’s always glued to the news and always trying to call her family there. It’s truly heartbreaking and all I can do is pray that her family is alright.

  17. 26 giggloki March 30, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Great photos, really like how you kept the contrast down. That really plays up the ancient feel of them. nice! 🙂

  18. 27 Reece Fowler March 30, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I’ve never been to Syria. From just the photos, it looks like it was a brilliant country. It looks like the dictatorship was the only bad thing about it.

    Shame what’s happened since then, and it might never be the same for years. Look what happened in Somalia. And Lebanon. Syria could end up like that if something isn’t done about it.

  19. 28 radhiyahh March 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Reblogged this on Radhiyahh's Blog and commented:
    What a beauty.

  20. 29 A, E March 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Food looks yummi. Miss cheese manaish and my sukh house in Nazareth.

  21. 30 Vlad March 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

    astonishing post, thank you for all these great photos that speak of a different face of Syria.
    i also love the photos that are made with an analog camera, or at least that’s how they look like, chemically exposed 🙂
    great post

  22. 31 merecitizen March 30, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Wow! Lovely pics. I was sitting in that coffee shop round the back of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus in April last year just as the troubles were starting. I went from there up to Aleppo to see Qal’at Samaan and on the way back south encountered a large demonstration in Hama (where those water wheels are). Locals told me that government snipers were positioned on rooftops. I wonder how many of those friendly people I spoke to that day have lost their lives? The Middle East gets a terrible press in the West and yet the people are more hospitable than most Westerners I have met. Sad times we live in.

  23. 33 Marilyn March 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Amazing pictures. Although we’ve lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East – I’ve never been to Syria. Thanks for these photos that make it live and breathe.

  24. 34 squelsch March 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Syria is so old. In a good way, it’s sad to see things like this happen.

  25. 35 MsDiyahJ March 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Beautiful pictures! I never been to Syria though, but the culture and the historical buildings/places are so captivating! It feels like I have been there in some time, even though I have never left my country. Really sad what is happening there these days. may those who have lost their lives rest in peace!

  26. 36 @Loud__Speaker March 30, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Beautiful pictures, thank you for posting this and reminding me of the Syria I used to know.

  27. 37 transplantednorth March 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

    amazing photos of a place many of us will never see. Be glad you are not there now. What these people are going through is not a game, I’m sure it’s not exciting for many of these people, many who may be dead now sadly. But the photos of the ancient ruins are so similar to the things I saw in israel: the market, the ruins, the hummus on the table, thanks for these photos.

  28. 38 themakeuptrain March 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Such wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them. 🙂

  29. 40 Sarah Garvey March 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Stunning photos, bittersweet now of course. The closest I’ve gotten to Syria is the border with Jordan. It was too dangerous for us to cross over. In a way, I think seeing photos like this has more of an emotional impact than seeing the rubble and bodies. We’ve become desensitised to it. This shows the life and joy of Syria.

  30. 41 triciamaria March 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Each of your photographs…well they leave me without words, and with everything that has happened in Syria it makes the beauty of what used to be that much more potent. So many people will develop the opinion that this country is nothing but broken and has never seen beauty; these photos show otherwise. Thank you for sharing!

  31. 42 Rachel March 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Amazing pictures and I am sure an amazing experience!

  32. 43 Raaj Trambadia March 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Now that’s what I call the exploration of Syria! Gorgeous pics! Cheers

  33. 44 Grumpa Joe March 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

    It was certainly peaceful looking. Why in the world did they have to upset the peace?

  34. 45 beautifulhello March 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I lived in Syria when I was a small child. I still crave hummus a few times a week and use spice rubs that remind me of the chicken we ate there…. Now I’m back in America, married to a member of the Air Force, and remembering how beautiful things used to be there. I remember especially the little boys who used to come from the neighborhood to play football with the little white girl. They were always so kind to me, and actually let me kick the ball every once and a while. I wonder where they are today and what they’re doing.
    Praying for peace!

    Thanks for sharing these photos! Brought back beautiful memories!


  35. 46 Jual Minyak Zaitun March 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    after looking at your photos, I was interested to visit Syrians

  36. 47 alina june March 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Those images are very powerful. I wish mainstream media show more on Syria. The real problem is that American media does not want to question many war issues. And it is not only about Syria. I just saw this reportage and want to share:

  37. 48 Blogger Outcast March 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Some of these pics are sad.

  38. 49 navgill March 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    beautiful pictures. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same place we see all over the news today. Thank you for sharing those. I think it allows us to stop and realize that these same places we see destroyed do indeed hold beauty in them.

  39. 50 twistnpout March 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    wonderful photos. And also just a little eerie. Thanks for sharing.

  40. 51 beingbygrace March 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing. It makes one realize how much can change in such a short time.

  41. 52 Phil Pope March 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Articulate and insightful shots. Your eye has superb timing. Really enjoyed the b&w shot through the windscreen. You have daylight burning as an orb at the end of a fracture in the glass. Wicked

  42. 53 Tiara March 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Wow beautiful pictures ! I really wish I can visit Syria someday , it seems like such a beautiful country ! Thanks for showing to the world that there is a normal + beautiful side to this place 🙂 So much culture and history and I do hope things calm down soon. It reminds me of the situation in Kashmir – another beautiful place torn apart by violence and political drama…

  43. 54 Tinkerbell March 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, this is gorgeous, and i love how you described the simple pleasures you get out of being in a reality like that; sitting on plastic chairs eating shwarma, not knowing where you’ll be next. A thrilling sensation from being still.

    Love the photos, this is the first time i may have really desired to go see a place like Syria. It’s simply beautiful, and so raw. You see the past in the streets, in a historic way, and it’s touching.

  44. 55 sarahlizp March 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    It’s frightening how much some of your pix look like Turkey, where I’ve lived for the past year. I hope and pray those poor people can return to normalcy SOON.

  45. 57 horiwood2 March 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    One of the best photo essays I’ve ever had the rare chance to see of Syria and the people of Syria. Thank you for sharing and taking us on this journey. Peace!

  46. 58 Nea March 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    It must be horrible to know what’s happening in and to Syria when you have a relation to it. However, your pictures are great!

  47. 59 sahar niknam March 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    love it, thanks for sharing

  48. 60 Justine de Jonge March 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    You just brought back so many memories for me – Ummayad Mosque, streets of Damascus, the cafe where the storyteller tells his stories, rounds of bread hanging from fences, Aleppo Citadel, Crac de Chevaliers… Shukran jezeelan. Syria is so special and you’ve captured this so well.

  49. 61 dini ayudia March 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Wish all the best for Syria, wish that country could be back as nice as before.
    Great picts btw.

  50. 62 indiraadams March 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I once talked to a guy who was getting an education in Syria, but had to leave due to the conflict there. He said that not only was it beautiful, but he dreams of being able to go back to Syria in the future. Very sad that the country is being ruined. I hope things get better!

    Love the pictures.

  51. 63 kendrafowler March 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Wonderful pictures!! You have captured Syria in all its splendidness. Loved it! Felt like I was being taken on a virtual tour of the city.

  52. 64 Mudmap March 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    what amazing photos! And how sad what is happening over there at the moment. Thanks for the photos that remind us of the people and the community that existed and is suffering.

  53. 65 naz March 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I was impressed , after my friend sent me your blog,
    I liked your photo, in syria we have series timeline history…
    from very ancient to the modern..
    Please if you are thinking to come back to Syria( during this summer at least) let me know. I will be there (I am in Europe now),

  54. 66 Tiffany Naylor March 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! Gorgeous photography and it’s refreshing to see Syria beyond the conflict.

  55. 67 35andupcynicismonhold March 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    hello, syria is a place i only hear about in history books and on the news. now, you’ve brought the place and its people closer. thanks for the wonderful picture and the thoughtful sentiments. 🙂

  56. 69 Anna March 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Wow! I can’t get over the amazing colours in your photographs!
    Reblogged it.

  57. 70 eneida March 31, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Reblogged this on tempo comum and commented:
    Porque é preciso fazer memória dos dias normais.
    Porque é perigosa a rapidez com que nos habituamos às imagens de violência, desordem e caos.

  58. 71 LexoKat March 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

    It’s a shame that they’re destroying such a beautiful country. And when I say ‘they’ I mean, all starting from Assad, the US and to the rest of the countries.

  59. 72 LexoKat March 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Reblogged this on Lex'sThoughts and commented:
    It’s a shame that they’re destroying such a beautiful country. And when I say ‘they’ I mean, all starting from Assad, the US and to the rest of the countries.

  60. 73 aso127 March 31, 2012 at 12:27 am

    This is really a good work. I appreciate your efforts behind that. Have a great day!

  61. 74 ualeem March 31, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Great post and excellent photos! Thank you for sharing. It is sad and heart braking whats happening in Syria now. :-/

  62. 75 ualeem March 31, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Reblogged this on Usman Aleem and commented:
    Syria before conflict.

  63. 77 The Boy! March 31, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Captures a pretty real portrait of the city. Cute kid at the end 🙂

  64. 78 Wise March 31, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Wonderful pictures! I have a similar feeling in regards to Egypt because I was in Cairo for the summer before their revolution broke out. All part of me could think about was the friends I had made there and wanting to be there with them, no matter the dangerous situation.

  65. 79 letsquoteit March 31, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Thank you for sharing these nice pictures of syria. All of us syrians appreciate it, you showing the world our history and our beautiful country 🙂

  66. 80 Lotto Results March 31, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Brilliant pictures! Each and everyone of them are like a piece of memory! Well deserved for freshly pressed!

  67. 81 Nadia Costanzo March 31, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Loved the bathroom photo! I burst out laughing! Nice blog

  68. 82 1952esther March 31, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Its good to get a look into this country before the vultures turn it into something else. It has many similarities with Turkey. Great photos.

  69. 83 Rob Slade March 31, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Really great blog post. The photos are really good. I think the timing of this blog post is perfect. At a time when all we see of Syria is the destruction and atrocities which are being committed I really like the fact that you have provided another view to Syria, of its beauty and its people. Great stuff!

  70. 84 Leanova Designs March 31, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I’m originally Syrian and looking at these pictures makes me miss it even more.. Looks like you were able to visit most of the great sites there, awesome pictures and great post. Thanks for sharing!

  71. 85 kahrizmah7 March 31, 2012 at 6:43 am

    What beautiful images of Syria, the people, the culture, their land & timeless..thanks for sharing!

  72. 86 lora parisien begin March 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Love these love love love them. Thank you for sharing.

  73. 87 handcraftedsoap March 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Amazing pictures but the eye of that boy sad I want to give him a hug =[

  74. 88 Carol Siagha March 31, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Amazing. I’m from Syria but I do now live in Brazil.
    Those pictures were really touching.

  75. 89 spiritedbodies March 31, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Stunning memories beautifully captured, thanks

  76. 90 Bárbara M. Camargo March 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Reblogged this on espiritodiepoca and commented:
    Syria: Looking back
    Belo registro de Mathew Kovacs

  77. 92 Fergus Cunningham March 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Great post, awesome place. Tragic what is happening in Syria. I spent some time there in 2005 and loved the country and the amazingly hospitable people. I have some posts on Syria at my site and have a few more coming up. Cheers, Fergus

  78. 93 andrewrslaton March 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    beautiful photos… remind me of my time in lebanon. thanks so much for sharing!

  79. 94 arunashouse March 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing…Good “eyes”!!!

  80. 95 Ahmed March 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    So much beauty and yet history has taught us that such beauty or even entire civilizations have become relics of the past for the sake the selfishness of a few individuals. Beautiful pictures…. I hope the people of Syria would find peace soon.

  81. 97 Tranquilliser Addict March 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Thank’s for sharing these photos.

  82. 99 Dr James Stratford March 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Your photos really capture so much of the Syria I remember from my on visit some years ago, the amazing Apamea and Krak des Chevalier, the great street food, the wonderful people, the bustle of the streets and the tranquility in unexpected places. Shokran.

  83. 100 Scott March 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    This is the first time I’ve ever seen pictures of Syria–thank you for sharing these fantastic views. I am delighted at the Arab Spring, including the events in Syria–the people rising up against tyranny. Yet I am also ashamed–for I don’t have to suffer as they do. It’s easy for me to cheer-on the Syrian People from the comfort and safety of my living room in the United States.

  84. 104 tibetan_altitude April 1, 2012 at 12:47 am

    they say its cliche but your pictures speaks a thousand words. no less no more. amazing!

  85. 105 Jeddah Photo Blog April 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

    It is a great country, I don’t know why politicians are ruining it.

  86. 106 Green Heart April 1, 2012 at 1:26 am

    You make my country more beautiful by your camera … I feel like I want to smile and cry at the same time …. God bless Syria … I wish it will be better

    Thanks … from here … Aleppo,Syria

  87. 107 moroccomama April 1, 2012 at 2:13 am

    These pictures make me ache for a place I’ve never been. Thank you for sharing. I was in Beirut a few weeks ago, only a couple of hours from Syria, and I could feel the heaviness of the situation. I attended Friday prayers at the mosque in downtown Beirut and the imam made the most moving, heartfelt, haunting prayer for the Syrian people. It left everyone in tears and it helped me allow some of the pain into my heart. Thank you again for taking us to Syria through your photos.

  88. 108 dr anto youssef April 1, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Your Syria pictures are beautiful, I hope there will be peace there very soon.

  89. 109 ric lotfinia April 1, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Your photos of the young men 2811, 2796, 2807, 2868 tells me that the period you were visiting young people were thinking seriously about the future.

    I appreciated your inclusion of the ancient architecture. Thanks.

  90. 110 sonal April 1, 2012 at 3:55 am

    great pictures, specially the sadness in eyes of the boy and pre-matured look in his face its heart whelming, thanks for sharing…

  91. 111 HummusForThought April 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

    This is beautiful thank you

  92. 112 sonal April 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

    great pictures, specially the innocent look and pain in the eyes of the boy and prematured contours of his face… it overwhelming…thanks for sharing….

  93. 114 Tania Andrea Herrera April 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

    beautiful pictures, congratulations.

  94. 115 oiyoufood April 1, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Enjoyed this post. Thanks.

  95. 116 abandonculture April 1, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Good luck people of Syria….

  96. 117 Modern Funk April 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Incredible photos. They really tell a story. Great work!

  97. 118 May April 1, 2012 at 6:58 am

    My lovely homeland…you spent alot of time at Al-Hamidya near Damascuse castel
    thank you indeed

  98. 119 smallprayer April 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Beautiful and sad….everyone has a right to live peacefully yet we don’t let other live, we are equally responsible for the incidents happening around the world

  99. 120 vairusofemon April 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Reblogged this on vairusofemon.

  100. 121 fati's recipes April 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Although born in Australia, my heritage is Syrian, and every couple of years I go back with my family to visit all my other family and friends. Since the war began in Syria, I’ve been in hopes that it quickly goes away so I can go back and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere there… the markets, the restaurants, the houses… everything about it, it’s such a beautiful wondrous place to be, and I’m in pain that I can’t go visit – it’s been since 2010 that I’ve gone back, and I’m due for a trip this year, but the outlook says it’s impossible….

    Thank you for the pictures. A vivid reminder of all the places I’ve been and seen…

  101. 123 bearcat8 April 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Great pictures! Well done on FP!

  102. 124 Leonard April 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful walk-through of the city of Homs. Thanks to politics too; Homs can never be home again.

  103. 125 Daphne April 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    So different from the Syria the world currently knows. Beautiful photos…

  104. 126 the melbourne local April 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. Brought back lots of great memories from my own travels in Syria in 2010. I have many similar photos — of Hama, Aleppo, Bosra, Souq Saroujah in Damascus, the tamarind-juice sellers… Wonderful country and warm, generous people. In case you’re interested, I wrote a travel article about my experiences in Damascus for ‘The Australian’ newspaper:


  105. 127 Researching Syria April 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Hi, You have some great images of Syria and Syrians! We must share a love for Syria and its people. I lived in Damascus for a couple of years, so have been very concerned this last year for Syria. You might be interested in this blog It has lots of images from Syria including many images of people today – taken from the TV screen (ie from satellite TV). There are also reference lists there. It is so difficult to know what is really going on in Syria from the local media (I’m in Australia), but there is quite a lot of information out there. Regards, Susan

  106. 128 mariamtys April 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I am assyrian, my family is from Syria, seeing your photos were a great reminder of our culture….keep them coming.

  107. 129 Cosby Dagwood April 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Reblogged this on This is a Blog dedicated to my maturation. and commented:
    Second best Site of this week,

  108. 130 nassermashadi April 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    God bless the people of Syria, insh’allah they will be able to build a great future on the foundation of spectacular heritage, without the interference of imperial powers who only want to exploit them.

  109. 131 meredithpressler April 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    How beautiful. Free Syria.

  110. 132 adonis49 April 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful and versatile pictures: They were taken in many cities and not just in Homs (a few tags would go a long way). I was taken aback that there is a metro, like the one I used to take in Washington DC. All these “bleeding hearts” comments have no idea that Syria represents the mind and heart of what is known as “Arabic civilization” and not Islamic culture. “Arabs” were very lucky that the first Capital of its empire was Damascus where the various Christian and Christian_Jewish sects were the vast majority and that translation from Greek and Byzantium works into Arabic was done by the scholars in Syria, and actually Damascus saved Greek culture was vanishing like so many ancient cultures…

  111. 133 chrisgomeze April 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

    This is mindblowing! Absolutely incredible post!

  112. 134 M. James April 2, 2012 at 1:42 am

    The street scenes, the bazaars, the ruins, and all the little details add up nicely. You’ve captured a mood here—a sort of warm, living, breathing Syria that we don’t hear about nowadays.

  113. 135 leahgraceobrien April 2, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Remarkable photographs.Thank you for sharing!

  114. 138 The Blazing Trail April 2, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Great pictures.Great people too.God bless Syria!

  115. 139 loveinvestigator April 2, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Beautiful words, thanks for sharing.

  116. 140 Milla April 2, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Your images of a functioning, cultural and “normal” Syria seem to have a greater impact on me than images of the devastated country. Maybe, in part, because society has become somewhat immune to such images as a result of recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also because you’ve shown Syria to be such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

  117. 141 Xi Mena April 2, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Lovely pictures. thank you for sharing them with us!

  118. 142 dragonrev April 2, 2012 at 4:39 am

    The initial picture of the little boy looking up at the lens breaks my heart…so much pain, uncertainty and fear all in one expression. I wanted so much to hold him and take those things away…I pray for the peace of Syria and mercy to its people.

  119. 143 linnknutsen April 2, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this.. 1 love to all suffering in Syria these days ❤ blessings..

  120. 145 April 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    These are the type of pictures I always wanted to take while living in Egypt but never got to. Every single one of these pictures are amazing, from the random street shots to that ancient building standing in the middle of nowhere to the man laying pita bread on the railing. Simply superb.

  121. 146 Raaj Trambadia April 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Haha! Watching this again!

    Maybe that proves how wonderful the post is!

    Please spare some time and hover over to

  122. 147 Janice Duenas April 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Reblogged this on jandueable and commented:
    Stunning pictures of Syria and how much one could love a country. I can totally relate.

  123. 148 betronica April 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Love the photos, especially of the food! I am a huge fan of middle eastern cuisine and am planning a blog post about it soon! I enjoyed the moody glow of the market and cafe shots

  124. 149 Stephanie April 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post!!! My family is Syrian and I spent my childhood summers growing up in that beautiful country. Hearing of all of the violence happening there now is devastating to me to the point that I can never listen to the news anymore in fear of hearing something else about Syria. Recently, I have been extremely “homesick” for Syria (the last time I was there was Christmastime 2010). Your photographs almost made me cry from longing to be back. Having been to almost every location that you photographed, I can attest to the beauty and unusual charm that is Syria!

  125. 150 creativenoshing April 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    So much emotion behind your pictures. Just beautiful.

  126. 151 thewildlifeprofessionals April 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I was Blown Away , absolutely Awesome!

  127. 152 glendenewolf April 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Matthew. Great pics. I live in Azerbaijan, which is not terribly far from Syria. Azerbaijan is also a Muslim country (although it is more secular than religious). However so, outside of Baku, which is the capital of AZ, women are often sequestered to their homes. You hardly see them sitting in restaurants eating a meal or simply enjoying a cup of tea. I was happy to see women, who are obviously religious, out and about. I noticed this when I was traveling through Turkey last year as well. Women seem to have much more freedom to wander about outside the home. I hope to see that one day for women in AZ.

    I also really love the pictures of the city. Thanks for sharing these.

  128. 153 cypruslifeinpictures April 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    So true buddy!
    It’s a bit over 3 years since we were last in Syria, albeit we only stopped off on day trips on both occasions from a mini-cruise out of Limassol, Cyprus and via Beirut.

    The first time we stayed around Latakia port and the Duty Free areas as we missed out on getting on the excursion so next time, we booked in advance and remember that long coach trip from the port to St George’s monastery and Crac des Chevaliers. Talk about rich and poor living side by side – reminded me very much of our time travelling from New Delhi to Jaipur.

    It was a fantastic experience and still hard to believe that we were only a short distance outside of Homs. It’s like seeing a completely different world.

    I have a few photos on my flickr account of our trip:

  129. 154 karlathewriter April 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I saw a special on Syria in Nat Geo once. It made me so curious about the place. It’s so beautiful. I wish the country and its people will be safe soon.

    Beautiful photos!

  130. 155 abhijeet April 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Great pics… I pray for peace to return fast…

  131. 156 lightningdroplets April 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    These are really moving! Thanks for sharing them!

  132. 157 wordpuker April 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    If it ain’t us dying we don’t give a shit

  133. 158 James' Stuff April 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve also been following it too, and seem some absolutely disturbing images. While those images are important for the world to see, what your pics have done is allowed me to juxtapose them, and comprehend life before the blood, rubble and misery. It’s so hard to imagine that those people captured in your photos, going about their daily business, have had their world, or their country, turned so upside down.

  134. 159 Ranan Samanya April 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing, now I know it is a beautiful country. Or was….

  135. 160 stephaniemhanna April 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    It’s hard to believe how much the country has changed in less than two years. These photos are really something.

  136. 161 ns April 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks for posting these wonderful pictures, showing us another side of Syria.

  137. 164 RealDawah April 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Masha’Allah may Allah restore Syria back to its former glory and remove the oppressive tyrant!

  138. 165 maryfollowsthelamb April 3, 2012 at 6:06 am

    It looks so alive!

  139. 166 thedomesticbarbarian April 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

    beautiful shots. such a tragedy what is going on there. thank you for sharing these.

  140. 167 supportivedetails April 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Amazing pictures, I loved them. I’m from Turkey and we deeply want everything to be fine again in Syria. “Let no man to kill their brothers and sisters.”

  141. 168 Sofie Marklund April 5, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Really good and documentary pictures. Keep up the good job!

  142. 169 Auronee Islam April 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    nice shots Saif.. thanks for sharing.

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