During the early stages of exploring the refugee crisis I met many people. As I was chatting or simply observing – without even filming – I’ve experienced an odd situation; people started asking me to take a picture of them. Their kids or even family photos. Initially I just did but as the days were passing by and the same thing happened across many locations and all the ethnicities of people I came across a question started growing inside me “Why on earth do they want me to take a picture of them? They wont even see it, ever!” Then I couldn’t help myself and I just asked a Syrian boy who knew English. This was his response; “We just want to exist somehow, leave a trace behind.”
I was shocked when actually thought the meaning of his words. When in War we are all numbers. Just that. So I’ve decided to start a special section in my website and upload all those portraits hoping that those people will finally get to see them. Every person who has been photographed by me has a card with the address of this website. Please share if possible and help those pictures travel towards their owners. Thank you.