Taken By Toni Obeid
Taken by Rodrigue Zahr
Taken by Elie Zamroud
Taken By Toni Obeid
Taken by Rodrigue Zahr
Taken by Elie Zamroud
Bkessine – Picture by Zaher
Raouché Street Performer – Picture via Rodrigue
Jounieh Bay – Picture by Kali
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Picture by P015
October, or 50 shades of Blue – Picture via Roula
Cloud Apocalypse – by RanaaWakim
I will dedicate from now on a weekly post to highlight the most popular pictures shared by LiveLoveBeirut. I love the team behind LiveLoveBeirut and I think they are doing an amazing job by showing the beautiful side of Lebanon and encouraging people to take and share breathtaking pictures from all around the country.
I hope you enjoy them!
After the rain – by Julienabc
Enjoying the good weather while it lasts – by Mounir Arab
Colorful stairs – Done by by @dihzahyners and @chadthemad sponsored by @colortek_kassaa.
Great Thunderstorm shot – by RodrigueZahr
I love and admire Gebran Tueni and I like the fact that the Gebran Tueni Foundation is launching such a contest but they should have done an extra effort and made it more appealing and interesting. There are no guidelines or rules, the contest is way too broad and has no theme, the poster is dull, the contact email is @gmail and the Gebran Tueni Foundation website is outdated and doesn’t even include the contest.
I’ve been following Lara’s work for years and I am a huge fan of hers. I don’t know how she comes up with these pictures, but it takes a lot of talent, passion and creativity to do so and she obviously got them all. Lara is a self-taught photographer and her work is a mix of conceptual, dreamlike and psychological themes. She has already participated in a lot of exhibitions, was an award recipient at the 2011 Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition and had a solo show in Ayyam Gallery in January 2013. Lara’s pretty popular on social media with over 500,000 followers on her Facebook page.
I was hoping that she’d follow her passion all the way and that’s what she did recently by becoming a full time photographer.
PS: I am not a professional photographer, nor do I pretend to be, but I love photography and I am getting better at it.
I’ve been on Instagram for two years now and I already have over 10,000 followers. I’ve worked really hard on getting so many followers and it’s quite rewarding to see so many people liking my pictures. I even crossed the 1000 likes per picture mark two days ago which is quite great!
It is worth noting that being a blogger doesn’t really help getting followers on Instagram, as I’ve promoted my Instagram account on the blog on several occasions and barely got 5 to 10 followers every time. In fact, it’s all about following and interacting with people on Instagram, posting the right amount of pictures per day, using the proper hashtags and other tips that I will sum it in an article I am working on.
For those of you who don’t follow me yet, my username is [LeNajib].
Miss Universe 1971 Georgina Rizk during a visit to Baalbeck
A London-based Polish artist has discovered a rare archive of over 27,000 photographic prints and negatives hidden for years by a Lebanese homeless man called Diab Alkarssifi who worked once as a journalist. Alkarssifi came to Ania Dabrowska and showed her his huge collection that he had hidden for years in two carrier bags. Diab worked for 16 years as a journalist before moving to the UK in 1993.
This is quite an amazing discovery and the best part is that Ania Dabrowska has decided to kick off a project called “Lebanese Archive” and crowdfund it in order to bring to light Diab Alkarssifi’s lost archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs.
Ideally speaking, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture would contact the Polish artist and the Lebanese Journalist and offer to fund this whole project and have the photos related to Lebanon displayed in a museum or exhibition center.
The story was featured in [TheGuardian].
Arriving in the UK in 1993, after emigrating from Lebanon, Diab met Ania at Arlington House, a hostel for homeless men, where Ania was running a photography workshop and Diab was temporarily living. Invited to Ania’s studio, he arrived with two carrier bags, containing thousands of photographic prints, and negatives, part of a life-long collection, including his numerous photographic assignments, everyday life in his home city of Baalbeck on the Syrian border and in Beirut, his student years in the early 1970s in Moscow and Budapest and, most extraordinarily his collection of found images from studios in Baalbeck, Beirut, Damascus and Cairo – photographs of society, family and friends, and Arab life in Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria and Iraq, that he passionately accumulated over his lifetime. These images, all that survives of a much larger collection still hidden or lost in Lebanon, gives an intimate insight into the cultural, everyday and political history of this region, from 1993 to as far back as 1889. Along with Book Works and the Arab Image Foundation, Ania and Diab want to bring this extraordinary collection to life, to preserve a view of modern Arab history, tell the stories that accompany the images, and present an otherwise lost view of this huge, diverse and fascinating region.
Alkarssifi and Dabrowska
I Am a NatGeo Photographer is a reality show broadcasted on National Geographic Abu Dhabi. It features eight asipiring photographer from across the region competing in a series of challenges all over the UAE. “Their goal is to find that perfect photo until, in time-honoured reality-TV fashion, only one remains to be crowned the winner and see their work in the pages of the magazine”.
The first edition of this show has come to an end and it was a Lebanese photographer called Emilie Houwat who won. I haven’t seem the picture she took as I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I will update the post once I do.
Congrats to Emilie! You can check out her website [Here].
Follow me on EyeEm Najib
For those of you who don’t know about EyeEm yet, it’s a photo sharing app that’s not just focused on photo sharing, but tries to connect like-minded users through the photos they take. It “combines the familiar ‘snapshots and filters’ approach with metadata that collects not just location and time for each photo, but contextual information like what a user was doing at the time”. What I always loved about EyeEm is that it doesn’t require you to crop your pictures and has some really cool filters.
One of the people who founded EyeEm and is still running it is a Lebanese called Ramzi Rizk, whom I had the chance to meet last year. Ramzi told me about EyeEm’s growth and some of the plans they are working on. Speaking of which, the next step for EyeEm at the moment is the EyeEm market which was launched a couple of weeks back. It’s basically a market where you remain the copyright holder of your images and make 50% net revenue from each photo you sell. If you want to know what are the types of pictures clients are usually interested in, check out this [post].
I think this is a smart step as it will encourage professional photographers to submit their photos and amateurs as well. If you want to know more about EyeEm, the best way is to download it and try it out. It is available for iPhone and Android.
PS: For those of you who haven’t joined yet and don’t want to upload all your Instagram images one more time, you can now connect your EyeEm account to the Instagram one and import all the pictures. It’s very easy and fast.