Ramallah: Monochrome Diaries (1/2)

Before August of this year I spent five years living in my original hometown of Ramallah. While there I had decided to shoot some black and white film with my Leica, knowing well that it could be years until I get the chance to develop it. I shot about 11 rolls over a period of 3 years and kept them stored in my freezer. I shot these films as a visual diary; I took pictures of family, friends, and of my many walks through the city’s streets and alleys.

When I returned to the U.S. I brought the 11 rolls of film back with me and started developing and scanning them. I was eager to get a glimpse into this time capsule, especially that it spanned the birth of my first son. Seeing the results reminded me of why I fell in love with film in the first place, especially black and white- I will spare you that lecture for now! I have decided to share on my blog 45 of my Ramallah photographs, broken down into two posts. These are presented in chronological order and have not been cropped at all. I hope you’ll enjoy this journey along with me.

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[Technical details below]


Technical Details:

Camera: Leica M6TTL
Lenses: Summicron 2/35, Summicron 2/50, Elmarit 2.8/28
Film: Ilford HP5+
Developer: Kodak D76 1:1
Scanner: Epson V500

  1. These are wonderful! The one with the carpets on the roof remind me so much of Palestine, so much of home. Thank you for sharing these.

    • Thank you Hasheemah, it makes me happy to hear that and I’m happy that they remind you of home- me too! I’ll be posting the second set next week.

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