photography, random thought, travel, writing

lebanon …day 2

al jnub (the south) of lebanon is very beautiful.  but it’s also high security, because of it’s proximity to israel, and a relatively strong hezbollah presence.







basketball.  lebanese style.  we met an american couple up in the mountains of the south.  it was a welcomed break after the long drive from beirut.






the american couple’s kids were great.  and this little guy was official.  he had just been with his dad to renew his visa, and i guess he had a little fun with the rubber stamp.






the south has a very strong hezbollah presence.  these three flags, lebanese, palestine, and hezbollah, are on the southern border of israel.  a strong statement, though the majority of the lebanese are anti-syrian and angry with hezbollah for firing at israel.  hezbollah receives almost all of it’s funding from syria and iran.  they have no allegiance to lebanon, and as a result, the lebanese people are beginning to withdraw any support they may have given in the past.


mount hermon and israel in a haze.


the village of marjeyoun, where my family is from, looked tired from war and violence.  i hope to spend more time there before i leave.  i only passed through this time.








mount hermon.  


israel straight ahead.  but the border is insanely secure with lebanese forces and droves of un tanks and soldiers.  on the other side, 24 hours a day, israeli soldiers fiercely guard their borders.





a giant un complex near the lebanese/ israeli border.




lebanon is know for it’s wonderful crops.  this is the biggest lemon i have ever seen.











all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009

photography, random thought, travel, writing

lebanon… day 1


my host, rev. walid, naps after picking me up from the airport at 3 am.  “everyone that comes from the west gets in at that time… i’m used to it.”


peter, said’s boy, working at his dad’s book store after school.


rev. walid


sarah and salina, said’s oldest and youngest daughters.


said and walid arriving at the reformed baptist church of tyre.







the church is next door to a former hezbollah weapons cache that was destroyed in 2006 by the israelis.




mohammed said with the hat he got at petra the week before.




there are lebanese soldiers and outposts everywhere.  in that way, lebanon feels incredibly safe.  actually, more safe than i’ve felt in many u.s. cities.


sunset over the mediterranean at the beach in tyre.  legendary.









remnants of the roman empire.





there are droves ferrel cats and dogs all over lebanon.  i’m still trying to figure out where they came from.



all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009