It is a fact that the clash-of-civilization narrative is starting to become mainstream, specially when we talk about the cultural gap between the West and the Middle-East. Some westerners tend to think that the Middle-East societies are at this very moment moving backwards, oppressed by religion, inhumanly governed. But even if the Middle East is a part of the world that monopolizes the headlines of Western magazines and news, it remains mainly unknown, since such a vast and complex territory cannot be reduced to its difficult political situation or its bloody conficts .
For thousands of years the people who live there have developed rich and varied cultures; and today these characteristics and individualities remain.
As a passionate observer and a student in Foreign Policy, I have been attempting for a long time to decipher the complexity of the Orient, and to fight for a better understanding. Since 2013, I have been undertaking several long journeys that led me to the Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine, Turkey that I crossed from west to east to reach Iran, before heading up to Ouzbeksitan and Turkmenistan. By plane, by bus, but especially by train, aboard the legendary Trans-Asia-Express.
During this project, I tried to get away from the kind of photojournalism where the sensational and the affect are used to win the attention of the "viewer". Aware of the subjectivity of photography, since each picture is the result of someone’s look, I try to pass on my subjective authenticity rather than to fake objective reality: in response to the surrounding mess, I step aside and choose contemplation.
In this very moment of history, when fears and received ideas often replace information, I try to give a personal vision of a complex world without any hurried conclusions where curiosity leads to refexion. Hopefully, they will give others the desire to learn more about Middle East.