Martyr's Square & Holiday Inn, Beirut, Lebanon, 1992
Today I added to the Middle East album in my portfolio a couple of black and white photographs that I took in Beirut's Martyr's Square in 1992 during my student days as a budding photojournalist.
I had to clamber up the bullet-riddled statue to get that funky angle, and felt somewhat uneasy making myself so exposed to random gunfire in the centre of that big empty square. This was because the shaky peace accords that ended the Lebanese Civil War had only been in place for just a year or two.
Another image in the same set shows the damage done the the Holiday Inn.
Accompanying me on that trip to Lebanon was my friend Brian Scudder, who nows live and works in Dubai.