Driving back from #New York city a couple of days ago after The #Missouri Photo Workshop, I came across this little town just off the highway a couple of hours before the US Canadian #border. It was gorgeous to see the whole #town, men, women and children coming together having fun and enjoying the #Salmon #Run season that runs from September all the way through to November.
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Ninety six percent of chronic illnesses are invisible. People with Multiple Sclerosis suffer from various symptoms like vision loss, weak limbs and fatigue. Dianne Douglas, 44, was diagnosed in 2006 and is now living with Primary Progressive MS. Her debilitating disease makes everyday activities like eating or walking a struggle and these resulting symptoms are not always seen. This is the story of Dianne whose fight goes past the physical struggle for normality into the realm of her insecurities in the shadows of a veiled disability.
Few months ago when I applied to participate in The #Missouri Photo #Workshop, I didn’t think I will get in! so when I received the letter of acceptance I felt exhilarated but at the same time so nervous and scared that I will fail. Founded in 1949 by ‘The Father of #Photojournalism” #Cliff Edom, The week-long Missouri Photo Workshop is one of the best in the world for #Documentary and #Photojournalism. Naturally I felt this will be my most challenging photographic experience I will ever go through!
I wasn’t wrong!
I was pushed to the edge doubting my abilities as a #photographer over and over again. In the span of four and a half days, we needed to find a story through a pitching process, shoot it with no more than 400 frames, in Jpg only, no colour correction, no flash and no cropping! quite frightening. I realized through this process how easy it is to find simple yet powerful stories. it forced me to stop and think about what I’m doing and question everything I’m looking at. In the end, I was surprised I actually shot only 370 frames. I could say I could have done it better, or I could have shot that frame or this frame different, but I think it’s not about that. It’s about the story, it’s about deciding what is the ‘decisive moment’ I need to shoot to tell that story, and in the process never to forget that it’s not my story I’m telling.
Reflecting back at the amazing experience I’ve had, and the inspiring people I’ve met, I feel more focused, I know what I have to do to be a better storyteller. I need to remember always what Photographer #Erika Larsen told me the last day of the workshop, “you need to grow as a person not a photographer, and once you do that, the pictures will just happen”.
To see more of my project at The Missouri Photo Workshop go to
To see the amazing work by all participants you can go to
and if you’d like to see more of my work, you can check out my portfolio here www.anniesakkab.com
Very happy to be part of #PhotoSensitive #Aging Photo #Exhibit that opened last night in downtown #Toronto.
You can read the #Globe and Mail exhibit review below
This photo is part of ‘A Life Reclaimed’, a project that sheds a little light on gender-based violence. To see the work form this project you can check out my website www.anniesakkab.com
Over the summer period I was in #Jordan working on #personal stories, so I decided to do a short video on #pigeon trainers. I was introduced to twin brothers Samer and Bilal, a beautiful little story. it was a lot of fun, I learned a lot specially in terms of shooting and storytelling.
To see the video you can visit my website
Samer and Bilal Maroun, originally from Jaffa, Palestine, have been training pigeons for the past 30 years in downtown Amman, Jordan. Their story is simple yet heart warming. In a volatile and politically unstable region such as the Middle East where differences stem out of identity, race, religion and social status, the twin brothers were able to rise above these differences through the simple life they chose, the goodness of their heart and their acceptance of everyone regardless of their religion or their origin.