Daoud is one of the few remaining Christian Palestinian farmers in an area south of Bethlehem which is increasingly being absorbed by the property developers and military 'requirements' of the occupiers. The game is very clear to anyone with half a brain.
Daoud is committed to resistance of the occupation but his approach is only now beginning to be seen as a one which might yield results for the Palestinian people. His stand of refusing to be an enemy, whilst arguing for a just resolution and forward thinking relationships and dialogues between all parties for peace, mark him out as a man of remarkable patience and love for humanity alongside a love of his land and people.
After a lengthy battle through the Israeli courts the victory of the Nassar family in retaining the land they have farmed for nearly a hundred years has now taken a new turn. The Israeli authorities in occupation now require a lengthy registration process before the deed is done - this could take years. Meanwhile the settlers, who are not all very peaceful by any means, have moved from threat and intimidation to a blank cheque strategy. The family turned them down.
So, cue....repeated visits from the army....new threats of processes which will make the land uninhabitable......this for a family who are already denied water and mains electricity...whilst their charming neighbours from Canada, the UK, America and a host of other countries have swimming pools and can leave the lights, air conditioning and a host of other gadgets on all night!
Daoud sits beside a brushwood fire on his mountain top and wonders where it will all end. His older brother Daher remembers a time when darkness fell and there were no lights once the sun went down. Now the Palestinian village of Nahalin has electric light and three expanding large scale 'settlements' on the wrong side of the Green Line make a nonsense of a commitment to a viable two state solution with their lines of street lights and a glow of a size which lightens the night sky.
What chance does a simple man of integrity, honesty and true courage have against the complexities of this situation, against the mighty machineries of law and military might and the fundamentalist ideologies of religious and cultural right?
That's a choice for people to make.
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CPD66 (960) 2009-11-22 11:48
very good portriat. i realy like the intensity in Daoud's face. you have captured this well. the depth of field is spot as it keeps the focus on the main subject.
very good shot well done, chris
ciakgiak (30431) 2009-11-22 11:59
congratulations for this great portrait.
I like a lot the intense expression of this man and the warm light in his face.
The cutting of the image is perfect and you managed perfectly the DOF.
Luko (14000) 2009-11-22 12:20
At first I thought you called Indiana Jones to solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem, hence I thought it was a good idea : Netanyahou & the Hamas will get a good whip on their rear parts, it would be a matter of 2h with the help of Spielberg.
Reading your note, it seems more complicated than that :( ... even with a similar hat, it wouldn't solve the situation.
Anyway, any good will is welcome.
brandstaetter (15915) 2009-11-22 12:37
besides the situation of this man, which is unbelievable for us who have peace for over 60 years now, the portrait is very good. Only with fire you got an enormous sharpness. Even the towel (?) in the background fits perfectly.
mikeyeats (1019) 2009-11-22 12:43
A very thoughtful picture, I won't insult you by praising the technical qualities of the picture.
However, a picture is worth a thousand words, quite right, but here your words add so much to the picture which would otherwise just be an excellent portrait.
Well said and seen.
All the best
rigoletto (34279) 2009-11-22 15:47
pacifism & activism...
two alternative ways of fighting with cruel gadgets of imperialism.
but the powers of money, warfare and religion will not let them survive for long.
light of hopeful longing on his face, is the symbol of hope in our peaceloving hearts...
jimmyjimmy (28) 2009-11-22 17:45
thanks for the eye opening story and photo. Very interesting. Thanks again
bantonbuju (51815) 2009-11-22 22:02
man, respect for the note!...
and imagine - daoud seems to be so quiet, calm inside his heart.... what a man, he must be...
BennyV (16889) 2009-11-23 4:07
Great warm, glowing portrait, impressively sharp. Also the personal note is a real plus here. Thanks for sharing this.
"What chance does a simple man of integrity have?"
MarcT (20964) 2009-11-23 12:04
Nice to see one of your very special pictures. As always, there's a major message behind it...
satyakki (658) 2009-11-24 10:42
Excellent Portrait no doubt. Excellent note too. The portrait was too tempting for me and i have done a quick WS on that. Hope you like it.
eversmile (11636) 2010-02-24 6:34
That's first your note that touched me; very informative and well written. But the portrait is strong too, with this thoughtful expression and seriousness attitude, which acquires even more solemnity after the reading of your note. I like the warm and natural hues of his skin, illuminated by the campfire, and the sharp details of textures. Congratulations