Another Afghanistan

It’s been a long time since work has pulled a tear to my eye and this morning I certainly wasn’t expecting to have such a response to a film that follows Dutch photographer Marieke van der Velden to Afghanistan. Philip Hugo‘s short film about his wife in which Velden asks Afghans to take her to their favorite part of the city and pose for a photo¬† is really very touching. (You can see the wonderful photo project here)

Maybe it’s because I’m feeling personally so bewildered about what is going on in the world right now that it bought both a tear and a smile. Every film is made for someone, and this morning this film was made for me.

I couldn’t help but fall a bit in love with both Marieke and Philip. There’s a strength and tenderness behind and in front of the camera that is both genuine and genuinely rare (very Dutch I might dare to add).

Thank you Marieke and Philip for sharing this with duckrabbit.

I still don’t really know why I have such a strong feeling about this?

What drives me?

Maybe it’s the feeling I can’t stand it when someone is being exluded.

And I take that feeling and extend it over the entire world‘ Marieke van der Velden


Author — duckrabbit

duckrabbit is a production company formed by radio producer/journalist Benjamin Chesterton and photographer David White. We specialize in digital storytelling.

Discussion (3 Comments)

  1. Valerie says:

    what a great idea to ask people about their favorite place in the city. you learn so much about their lives and get a sense of who they are. so much more interesting than the news of war we are constantly fed.

  2. Very nice and very human. I work as a photographer for the Red Cross and this is what I feel every time I go on mission. Bravo for putting the feeling into words and images.

  3. That was so gentle and inclusive. Just a wonderful celebration of the ordinary. Really touching.

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