I was on my way back home today from a shoot in Prince Edward County when I came across this field, the horses were beautiful and the sky was just incredible. as I was taking pictures, 82 year old John Lloyd and his 71-year-old wife Sherron, parents to eight children, grandparents to 25 and great grandchildren to 12 kids,  stopped for pictures too along with their daughter and her family. John and Sherron been married for 52 years and drove from Oshawa to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of his sister. John was born in PEC behind this field, according to him, next to the white house in the distance behind him ;) 

Photos of the Month Contest: Summer 2014 POM Results

Results for Summer 2014 #Loyalist College #Picture Of The Month is out. First place for Portrait, and third for Multi Pic. 

The judge was #Lars Hagberg, an award-winning independent #photojournalist based in Kingston, Ontario. His pictures have appeared in most major daily newspapers in Canada including: the #Toronto Star, the #Globe and Mail, the #Montreal Gazette, the #Vancouver Sun, La #Presse, the #National Post, the #Edmonton Journal, the #Ottawa Citizen, and the #Calgary Herald. In September, Lars joined the Loyalist photojournalism faculty team.

Pulaski

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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The Missouri Photo Workshop.66 / Platte City

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BUT YOU LOOK SO GOOD

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

http://mophotoworkshop.org/mpw66/annie-sakkab/

To see the amazing work by all participants you can go to

http://mophotoworkshop.org/mpw-66-platte-city/

and if you’d like to see more of my work, you can check out my portfolio here www.anniesakkab.com

Video: El Kashasheen – Hearts of Feather | فيديو: الكشاشين – قلوب من ريش - حبر

My Video of El Kashasheen published on 7iber.com with a story by #Remez Moussa that gives us a little more insight into the lives of Samer and Bilal Maroun.

PhotoSensitive’s Aging Photo Exhibit

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

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/multimedia/photosensitives-aging-photography-exhibition/article20605324/#dashboard/follows/

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

el Kashasheen - Hearts of Feather

http://www.anniesakkab.com/elkashasheen

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

http://www.anniesakkab.com/elkashasheen

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.

#MARMARIS, #Turkey. I always find it interesting how people change the minute they’re in front of the camera, including myself! 

Visual Voices. 
AMMAN, Jordan. Presenting #Visual Voices project to youth from #Amman, #Mafraq and #Marka in Collaboration with #Loyalist #College in Ontario, Canada as part of the #Photojournalism program I’m currently enrolled in. The presentation was held with the support of the #Computer Clubhouse and their centres across the country at #Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development. More kids from #Madaba and #Irbid will participate by the end of this week. With this project we hope to connect youth from different communities within Jordan to share stories and images with an exhibition by the end of this project. so stay tuned ;)
Check out this link to see more images.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.818022871541946.1073741880.190030007674572&type=1
To know more about #Loyalist College visit www.loyalistcollege.com
Also, to check out the amazing work the Computer Clubhouse is involved in with youth across the different communities in Jordan, check out their website here 
http://www.johud.org.jo/pages/520/amman

Visual Voices. 

AMMAN, Jordan. Presenting #Visual Voices project to youth from #Amman, #Mafraq and #Marka in Collaboration with #Loyalist #College in Ontario, Canada as part of the #Photojournalism program I’m currently enrolled in. The presentation was held with the support of the #Computer Clubhouse and their centres across the country at #Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development. More kids from #Madaba and #Irbid will participate by the end of this week. With this project we hope to connect youth from different communities within Jordan to share stories and images with an exhibition by the end of this project. so stay tuned ;)

Check out this link to see more images.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.818022871541946.1073741880.190030007674572&type=1

To know more about #Loyalist College visit www.loyalistcollege.com

Also, to check out the amazing work the Computer Clubhouse is involved in with youth across the different communities in Jordan, check out their website here 

http://www.johud.org.jo/pages/520/amman

The Kids Around the Block

#AMMAN, #Jordan. I was hanging out around sunset at the #Hashemi #Shamali neighbourhood when Khaled, Yazan, Yazan and Mohammed ages 13, 12, 6 and 9 asked me to take their picture right after Iftar. 25 minutes later, a #horse and a #donkey from neighbouring #bedouin tents were #strolling along the street for the kids to ride them for 25 cents each.

it’s been almost 3 weeks since I’ve been back in #Amman and I’ve only done 1 project. Being back here has been quite disorienting and it’s taking me longer than I thought to get back to myself again and readjust. I’ve not even been #downtown which was the first thing I thought I wanted to do.. So yesterday I woke up thinking enough is enough! I’m very happy to say that I finally managed to start my second project, the #pigeon #trainers or  ’Kashasheen’. More to come in the next few weeks ;)

it’s been almost 3 weeks since I’ve been back in #Amman and I’ve only done 1 project. Being back here has been quite disorienting and it’s taking me longer than I thought to get back to myself again and readjust. I’ve not even been #downtown which was the first thing I thought I wanted to do.. So yesterday I woke up thinking enough is enough! I’m very happy to say that I finally managed to start my second project, the #pigeon #trainers or  ’Kashasheen’. More to come in the next few weeks ;)

The Zaatari Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan

My latest Photo and video project with photographer #Celia #Peterson at the #Zaatari #Refugee #Camp for #Syrians in #Jordan. an incredible and an eye opener project that sheds a little light on the experiences of refugees fleeing under fire. 

Keep watching this space. An #exhibition and a #fund raising campaign will be coming soon. we hope that you will be able to help when the time comes…

Bilal, originally from Yafa Palestine, has been #training #pigeons (known as #Kashasheen) along with his twin brother Samer for the past 30 years in #downtown #Amman.
More to come on their story in the next couple of months ;)

Bilal, originally from Yafa Palestine, has been #training #pigeons (known as #Kashasheen) along with his twin brother Samer for the past 30 years in #downtown #Amman.

More to come on their story in the next couple of months ;)

Sheilagh’s Theme
latest #photo story ‘Sheilagh’s Theme’ is finally up on my website.. I started this project as part of my #photojournalism course last december and finished it in May just before heading back to Jordan. 
http://www.anniesakkab.com/sheilagh-s-theme

Sheilagh’s Theme

latest #photo story ‘Sheilagh’s Theme’ is finally up on my website.. I started this project as part of my #photojournalism course last december and finished it in May just before heading back to Jordan. 

http://www.anniesakkab.com/sheilagh-s-theme

GIVERNY, France (14/06/2014) - Visual artist #Kamel Brahim and his wife Hamida at #St. Jean Chapel during their last visit to see the house of #Claude Monet in #Giverny. After the #revolution in 2012, Kamel feels he is ready to go back to his homeland #Tunisia after 33 years in France to continue his career as a #visual artist. 

GIVERNY, France (14/06/2014) - Visual artist #Kamel Brahim and his wife Hamida at #St. Jean Chapel during their last visit to see the house of #Claude Monet in #Giverny. After the #revolution in 2012, Kamel feels he is ready to go back to his homeland #Tunisia after 33 years in France to continue his career as a #visual artist.