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We Love These Amazing Photos of the People of Palestine by Maaria Lohiya

One of our favourite things to do when we’re otherwise doing nothing painstaking research is to recklessly click around social media in the hope that we chance upon some gold. Usually, this devolves into a time-wasting splurge on dumb memes, but sometimes, on that rare occasion, we discover something that’s worthy of your discerning tastes. Maaria Lohiya is one of these things.

Maaria is a London-based photographer who graces her Twitter and Instagram followers with incredible photos of the places she goes and the people she sees. We’re not entirely sure if she’s a pro, but she’s got all the skills, as well as the instinctive eye, of someone who makes their living behind the lens.

Her images have a richness and depth that relay a fuller story than most photos should. We’re particular fans of her little project mentioned in the title of this post, People of Palestine. It’s an Instagram three-parter. Check it out below:

people of palestine – part i

A post shared by Maaria Lohiya (@justmebreathing) on

people of palestine – part ii

A post shared by Maaria Lohiya (@justmebreathing) on

people of palestine – part iii

A post shared by Maaria Lohiya (@justmebreathing) on

The portraits show people of all ages, most smiling, a few looking ever so slightly wary; but all of them captured in a brief pause in their daily life – a life you now wish you knew a little more about.

We all see a lot about Palestine in the media and on the internet, but it rarely depicts its people from such a positive, human angle. Maaria’s work has found a way to bring stories from the region not only free from the usual headlines, but free from words entirely.

This is typical of all of Maaria’s work. We’re particular fans of this photo-driven super-thread she created during Hajj 2017.

She also keeps her fans updated on her work and thoughts and poetry in a blog, so go and have an explore of her WordPress and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

If you or anyone you know is an excellent photographer then please don’t keep it to yourself. Head on over to our Facebook page and shout it out in the comments or drop us a message with the deets.

Don’t be shy, now.

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