Very few photographers can capture the soul of what they see through their lenses. Not only the souls of human subjects, but the soul of all they photograph. The ones who have this gift have the ability to speak a thousand words, touch a thousand emotions, and stir the very soul of those who see and enjoy their work. Such a photographer possesses a deeply profound and beautifully poetic flare.
My Partner, Haitham Khatib epitomizes and possesses all of these gifts and qualities. His photography is a visual documentation and testament of his history, of life in Palestine, and the very essence of Palestine’s soul.
In talking with Haitham about his work as a photographer and my work as a writer and a poet, we find we share the same perspectives, and personal introspection of the Palestine and the Palestinians we want the world to see, to feel, to sense, and to be forever moved and changed by.
There is something quite remarkable about the rising and setting of the sun from and upon horizons. To behold such amazing beauty, let alone capture in the moment, is moving, romantic and spectacular. Many photographers capture these moments in their work, but for Haitham the rising and setting of the sun over his beloved Palestine is very personal to him, the sun is a favored subject in his work. For the Palestinians, every sunrise brings a fresh sense of hope for their future, encouragement and strength; and with every sunset brings a calm, peaceful and quiet reflection of self, of hope, of purpose and of something greater than themselves.
There is calling to the soul with every sunrise and every sunset, a personal, emotional time, and one that through Haitham’s work we can all share in those moments with him, with Palestine and the Palestinian people. A connection that without his work we would not have the privilege to experience.
I look forward to the day that I stand with Haitham and view the magic of sunrise and sunset over Palestine firsthand, to see, to feel, to experience what he does every time his lens steals a moment in time, of beauty beyond measure.