This is Afghanistan
When I tell people that I have been to Afghanistan, their faces usually register a combination of apprehension and bewilderment. Why? Because most people’s conception of Afghanistan comes from what they see, hear, and read in news: war, destruction, and suffering.
But that is not Afghanistan.
Yes, these things have been and are true of certain places at different times, but these things do not define this country or its people. They are more than that.
This goes for most other places in the world as well.
That’s why I love it when I come across someone trying to show a different side to a country or people than what is constantly portrayed by the media. And this is why I really like the project, “Faces of Hope,” by photographer Martin Middlebrook that was featured on In Focus the other day. My favorites are below, but you should check out all the photos.
© Martin Middlebrook