AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Deep
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The Deep’s editors approached me in 2016 about taking part in an ambitious editorial project—photographing the intimate lives of a Syrian family in Saint John, in their homes, workplaces, and in the community at large. With few details and a limited budget, I said yes to the project, due to the fact it was my hometown and I had been hoping to work closer to my roots for some time. Over a two-month period, I made four trips to visit Reham and her husband, Mohammad, and their two children, Haidar and Rous. I wanted to dedicate as much time as possible to gathering a strong visual representation of their new life in Saint John and build a trusting relationship with them. This relationship was key to allowing me to move with them through their new normal in Saint John, New Brunswick. Whether preparing meals at home, working at their new jobs or simply enjoying time playing, I was present to capture what I felt was most authentic. This particular photograph is one of Rous playing at a local playground. The genuine enthusiasm and simple joy of the children’s activity speaks to the story’s theme of transition. It’s a simple photograph capturing a family at play, living their everyday lives. No matter how different Saint John may be to them after years of war, trauma, and transition, they continue to live as anyone would—what other choice do they have?

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

This story was shot on a very limited budget. I made the images between other jobs during the summer.

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