"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Newroz, Part دوو

Posted in Ambient, Friends, Portraits, Travel by matt on Friday, March 30, 2012

A photo of Kurds gathered in the streets for Newroz.

A Kurdish boy waving his flag for Newroz.We just finished celebrating our second Kurdish New Year—or Newroz—here in Iraqi Kurdistan, and it was a great time!

If you were around for last year’s Newroz, you may remember that we had just arrived and some big-time protests were happening. But this year was much less political (though still hectic), and it was cool to see many friendly faces in the crowd.

Over the past 12 months God has blessed us with some incredible new friends; Arabs, Kurds, devout Muslims, local Christians, and the list goes on.

This city is a lot more eclectic than I realized, and it’s been a major blessing to be a part of it.

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My Friend, the Juicer

Posted in Photography, Portraits by matt on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This is my friend, the juicer.

He’s a busy man these days, and he doesn’t mind telling you why: his juice is the best. If it’s in season, they’ve got it. And if they’ve got it, it’s good.

And it really must be, because people can’t seem to get enough of it. The juicer is constantly handing out bag-after-bag, with crumpled bills getting passed around in a frenzy. It amazes me that everyone still gets their correct change despite the chaos.