TPL: What is it that you enjoy about documentary photography? Explain your technique? What do you want to express through your photography? And what are some of the elements you always try to include in your photographs?
CH: I find it challenging to go to the same place and discover new things about it. That same place is like my theater; it is the same background with different characters, variant lights, various stories, etc.
The corniche by the sea, in Beirut, is my place of choice; it probably is the only spot in Lebanon that reunites people from different social classes and religions, in perfect tolerance and harmony. This is how Lebanon should be!
Apart from its symbolic aspect, the corniche is also the scenery I always like to capture at all hours and in different seasons. It includes everything I choose to have in a picture: the sea, the sky, the human element and the street. It is urban and nature photography in one.
Therefore, my personal challenge is to ‘cast’ the right human element at the right time in this existent scenery. I have been doing this for five years now before issuing the Book “Le Chariot de Farah” in October 2018.
As for the technical part, I always carry light cameras to move easily. I also use wide angles and/or 50mm. No zoom lenses! I prefer getting closer to my subject, establish a quick contact, build trust that might lead to a conversation. No photoshop ever! I remain as close and intimate as possible to what I see. The angle I choose to snap the picture will make the difference.
Being a journalist and a photographer, my purpose is to tell stories through my lens and share (new) emotions.