journalism

daily inspiration: tanya habjouqa 

source: lensculture.com

source: lensculture.com

I think I've found my forever woman crush. Tanya Habjouqa is everything I aspire to be - witty, smart, confident, vibrant, emotional, energetic, spirited and a world-class photographer. She's the winner of the World Press Photo (Photo of the Year) in 2015 and was my recently my mentor at Gulf Photo Plus Photo Week 2018. From 7 - 12 February I was part of a workshop lead by Tanya (workshop of my dreams frankly) that brought together a group of 10 Arab photographers working on long-term documentary projects. I can't even express how I feel about the last 5 days. Being around Tanya for that long was just... rejuvenating. I never felt more motivated to go out there and share the stories I believe matter so much. 

It was an experience I am so humbled to be a part of, mostly because I got to see some of Tanya's most recent work - which often touches on the political tensions of Palestine/Israel as well as the war in Syria - and also because I got to be intellectually stimulated by an Arab woman I fiercely admire. Tanya's work challenges the Occupation and Israeli apartheid in subtle ways making the audience question the short stories in each image. Her work also shares tragic stories of love and loss in the aftermath of the Syrian refugee crisis. My most favourite project of hers is "Tomorrow There Will be Apricots" - a title that insinuates sunshine harbours darkness when translated to Arabic. "Tomorrow There Will be Apricots" is a metaphor for broken dreams and wishes unfulfilled. Tanya's intense passion for the stories of the people photographed is awe inspiring. 

For more of Tanya's work click here or here

daily inspiration: "becoming ugly" 

source: jezebel.com

source: jezebel.com

Although I no longer use Facebook as I once did years ago, sometimes it has its perks. For example, I woke up today to a notification from the app letting me know of a memory I made last year today - namely, an article I shared titled "Becoming Ugly". The titled sounded familiar, and I was intrigued - what embarrassing thing have I shared a year ago today? 

Luckily, it wasn't embarrassing. On the contrary, it was something I consider to be worth remembering. As per my status, I added a year ago today: "a compelling read on how women who don't play by the rules make us uncomfortable." Although the article is over a year old, I believe it to be forever relevant. 

So, without further ado, here's the piece. Let me know your thoughts.