Saturday, 29 May 2010

Even Ancient Egyptians Had Sticky Out Ears!

But did they have plastic surgeons to fix them?
Bet they did!

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Luxor.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

What I Love About Photography...

... is how it lets you find little bits of paradise, which you get to take home with you.
Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 22 May 2010

This is the Middle East

No desert or camels here, just the last of the winter snows on the mountain tops of eastern Lebanon. It's said that in late March you can ski in the morning at the nearby resort of Faraya Mzaar Kfardebian, then take your nifty little sports car all the way down to the seaside town of Byblos, where you can jump in for a delicious swim!

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

It's an Ill Wind...

Amsterdam's dustbin men have been on strike these last few weeks, leaving mountains of rotting rubbish on every street corner. But what's an stinking eyesore for humans, is the source of first-rate building materials for this little mother coot. Please note the impressive height of her nest: all the better to protect her chicks against the hungry rats that swim around in the canals...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 15 May 2010


This is Bella, who's just turned four. I met her when I was making photographs for a local bookshop. After being bribed with sticky cakes and hot chocolate with cream, she graciously agreed to pose for me. At first she was full of excitement and anxious to model her new 'Hello Kitty' t-shirt. Here, she's slowing down and watching what I'm doing. She is aware that I'm seeing what she cannot see, that you can never quite see yourself as others see you. So her thoughts are turning inward, she is entering her own little world.

Thank you, Bella, for sharing these moments with me.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Paris of the Middle East?

Taken from the plane as I was about to land in Beirut, this was my first view of the city known as the Paris of the Middle East. These buildings reminded me of some intricate circuitry or architectural dominoes but not of the elegant colonial and Ottoman architecture that Beirut was once famous for. The truth is that most of it was wiped out during twenty years of civil war while the civil war itself has been conveniently camouflaged by a building frenzy of soulless, high-rise apartments. It's as if the Paris of the Middle East never existed and the civil war was just a bad dream.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Sexy Chicken Hitching a Ride

Sexy chicken looking for a burly truck driver to snuggle up to somewhere in the badlands of the Bekaa Valley in central Lebanon.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Blondes Have More Fun?

Anna Wintour is certainly hoping so. And like me, her hair is becoming lighter with each passing year.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Undying love

The first visit on my recent photo assignment in Lebanon was to a forest of magnificent cedar trees. For $150 you can even have your very own cedar planted next to a marker bearing your name or a dedication. For instance, this tree bears witness to a love stronger than death. Right now, the tree's still tiny and - appropriately enough - it will take about forever to grow.

Photo: Annie. Click to enlarge