ONLY BEYOND MYSELF PHOTO EXHIBITION - ONLINE GALLERY
All photos below have been taken during the summer of 2016 by refugee children living in camps in Greece. Ages ranged from 2 years to 15 years. All photos are in their original form, none have been photoshopped, altered or cropped in any way. Prints have been developed directly from negative film and therefore are of higher quality in tone, colour and texture than the pictures found below.
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A surprising photo to be found amongst the rolls of film, this woman could be seen in a series of other photos having her make-up done by another woman in the camp. The UNHCR canopy above providing a roof is in stark juxtaposition to the woman's powerful outward energy, which the child was able to capture in a brief moment.
Little boy upstairs in the gas station building. Through the open window the volunteers camp can be seen. This "camp" was basically an open field behind Park Hotel where we all slept in tents and worked during the day in the Idomeni/Polykastro area. It is also the site of the "Idomeni Kitchen" - an outdoor kitchen which served up to 5,000 refugees daily.
Young girl inside the gas station looking at the tents behind her. She had asked me for a pair of pants the day before because hers were ripped when a policeman threw her to the ground as she tried to run away from Kavala military camp nearby. She smiled as she told me. On the wall in the background are written the words " NO ONE IS ILLEGAL".
On one of my many visits to this camp I had sat for some hours in this woman's tent listening to her story as she offered me tea. A Syrian mother of 5, she had tried 40 times to cross the border in the night over the mountains with her children. Each time, only to be captured by Macedonian police and brought back, often soaking wet and freezing.
Myself and a little girl from Afghanistan walking down the hill into the camp, the mountains and border to Macedonia where so many try to cross in the night, loom in the background. The little girl stayed by my side the entire afternoon while I was in the camp and then suddenly her mother appeared and she ran off without a word. Available as a regular A3 size print or as an enlarged (1m x 2m) mounted picture
SOFTEX MILITARY CAMP
Small baby Ibrahim sits in his stroller, holding a baby bottle in the foreground of this photo. His mother sits to the right. In the background, the main camp building housing hundreds of refugees, can be seen. This baby is no longer in Softex, his family left on foot in August of 2016 and is now living in Germany.
The large front gates to the street are closed as evening approaches, a little boy plays with the large padlock which secures the gate. (One evening 300 Greek protesters stormed the gate, breaking it open and encouraged the refugees to all leave, shouting at them not to be "kept as animals". A dozen or so refugees followed them, only to return to the camp some days later, having found no where else to live).
Running along the outside wall on both sides of the main camp building are a row of simple basins for people to wash themselves. Up until the end of August, there were no showers in Softex, only these open sinks. When I was last there in September of 2016 they had installed 2 plastic showers outside in the middle of a row of porta potties. There are currently 1,339 people living in Softex.
Two older boys in the foreground watch as a smaller boy takes their photo. One of the boys is holding an apple from another child. Behind them, Wesam and Aboodi can be seen, one with a ball, another in an orange t-‐shirt. These 2 boys, along with their family, left the camp in August of 2016 on foot and are now all in Germany. The other two boys in the photo still remain in the camp.