“The only thing that felt safe was the earth,” says Lebanese photographer Rima Maroun, who responded to the crises that battered her homeland in 2020 – first Covid, then the catastrophic explosion in Beirut port – by taking aerial portraits of herself tiny and spreadeagled on the ground. At first, the only signs in the images of what’s going on are her surgical mask and the absence of other people. Then, in August, comes the wreckage – Maroun was 10 minutes’ drive from the port when the explosion happened. “When I opened my eyes, everything around me was destroyed,” she says. Her photographs, taken with the help of a drone operator, were an attempt to find meaning amid the debris.
Continue reading… September 3, 2022 at 10:06PM Killian Fox