“What’s so important is that this is my family, my day-to-day life.
I wanted to focus on how to create a mood from home, instead of trying to create a beautiful set, go on location, or work with models… how do you focus on what already exists?..."
Omer Nihad Rafiq
“I want to carry on the legacy of Kurdistan’s traditional clothes and preserve its historical places such as the 5,000 year old Erbil Citadel.
Usually when I snap photos, it’s the older generation giving life to this tradition, and I wanted to show the importance and beauty of it to my generation..."
“Being the child of two parents from different countries, this is a project I wanted to do for a long time. Simply to embrace and emphasize the beauty of diversity.
I wanted to blend portraiture with my usual [photography] style, which is focused on shapes and architecture-- I wanted to bring in the human element. And this project reminded me that really like working with people!”
“This project is a memoir of garden to table recipes that I learned from my grandmother and grandfather.
It stems from a concept in korean called Jeong. Jeong is the type of love that you see in the everyday, the quiet moments. You don’t need to see to feel it..."
Philip Am Guay
“I discovered stories beyond ‘the mask’ while doing this project… A street vendor who lost his income due to the lockdown, yet he found alternative ways for his family to survive… Or the old man who, despite health risks, continues his daily routine of feeding all the stray cats at the market..."