People I met in Palestine

Livia Chan takes us to meet the people of Palestine in her 88 series – People I met.

About a year ago, I picked up quite a serious camera and have not put it down since.

During this time, I feel my photographic vision has changed. My goal now is to try capture what I see, whether it be beauty, a look, a moment or a story to share with others.

This is a collection of some of my portraits and stories from my travels around Palestine.


17_The Wall - Bethlehem, Palestine

There are thousands of pieces of art that line the wall, but this was one that stood out. It showed three cartoon men in a line, each with speech bubbles coming out of their head quoting different articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Everyone has the right to leave any country including his own,” said one of the cartoon men referring to article 13 – the Freedom of Movement.

I turned and saw a garage across from the wall and a man standing there watching me. He had seen the whole scene play before him – he saw me as I came across the piece on the wall, as I pulled out my camera, and as I walked off twice and came back twice to look at this piece again and again.

16_The Mechanic - Bethlehem, Palestine
The Mechanic – Bethlehem, Palestine

He had been there the whole time and didn’t say a word until we found ourselves standing across and staring at each other for what could have been as long as one minute before I finally came to my sense and said ‘Hello’.

He told me he was a mechanic, and I could see a few cars behind him, but the whole scene seemed so out of context I couldn’t really understand. Then he tried to explain: “I was here before the wall came up.” He said to me “I will not leave.”

18_A Young Boy Sells Food - Bethlehem, Palestine

This photo essay was put together by Livia Chan.

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Featured image by Ahmed Abu Hameeda on Unsplash

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