What made you start photographing and pursue it as a career?
At the beginning of 2011, the Syrian revolution against the Syrian government began. At that time I was eleven years old, with the acceleration of events in Syria and the tendency of the Syrian regime to suppress the revolution, my city became a real battlefield because of the bombing the region witnessed in 2012. Imagine that you are looking at the sky to see more than 6 airplanes !! Yes, my friend, this is how the scene in Syria became at the end of 2012. There was a group of young people in my city working in the media field and documenting the bombing that was taking place in the area and I used to sit with them most of the time to see how they documented the course of the war with cameras. Several photographers have been killed documenting the war since.
I was really inspired by the work of these photographers documenting the war in Syria.
The first process of taking pictures was in 2014, when I started to become interested in the field of photography in order to document what was happening, transfering realistic images to the media.
I was photographing everything, the streets, the people, nature, the bombardments, the heritage, etc.
In 2016, three of my companions and I established an informational page to transfer news and photos from northern Syria to the outside world. This was a starting point for learning a lot of things in photography and documentation.
After that, I continued photography as a primary profession to create realistic images of what was left by the war in Syria.
Having said that, I don’t just photograph war scenes, as there are many damages caused by the war in Syria and still are. Children are the group that has been greatly affected by the acts of history and most of the time I document stories about children and the harm the war has caused to them. I also have a passion for photographing traditional things and elements of our country.