A meditation about rust

“Photography is my first immune weapon against amnesia and the tough situation,” says Obaid Allah. The self-taught photographer, now 26, grew up in Yarmouk, a Palestinian camp in Damascus, and currently lives in another neighbourhood in the city. He started photography on his own in 2013, and has been taking pictures ever since. His photographs reflect his own daily experiences and life in the capital of Syria. 

Birds appear in many of his photographs, as both companions and witnesses to a sense of estrangement and suspension in the city. Some pictures portray what Obaid describes as “the combustion of people living from the inside to the outside.” All of his photographs capture the “lingering rust” that Obaid now sees as blanketing the atmosphere across the Syrian capital.

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