A few years back I read this quote in the US National Newseum photography exhibit section:
“If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that’s a good picture” Eddie Adams
Since then, I’ve been so conscious of the emotional value of photography. Over the past year, like all Syrians I’ve been bombarded with horrific images of violence, pain, suffering, anger, violations of human dignity. I avoid these images like the plague, because I firmly believe they leave a print of hatred in our minds and hearts. They prevent us from seeing prospects of peace, hope and love. I chose peace and chose to avoid seeing such images at all costs.
Today, I came across an image with a simple message on Facebook that had me crying for hours. My life felt empty. I feel humbled by the fact that I can do so little for this beautiful angel. Mariam Al Fawal’s father has been in a Syrian prison for 5 months and 20 days. Mariam is counting! Her message is a simple prayer for his safe return. Her father is a civilian who ran a children’s clothing factory. A father of four beautiful children, husband to an amazing woman and a man dedicated to serving the less fortunate.