"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

Portrait #5—The Translator

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Friends, Photography by matt on Saturday, February 2, 2013

A photo of my friend, the translator, in Najaf, Iraq.

My friend, the translator, Najaf, Iraq

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A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

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Photogenic Favorites of Mine

Posted in Friends, Photography, Portraits by matt on Friday, April 6, 2012

Photography fun with friends on the beach in Antalya, Turkey

You know those friends who pretty much always look good in photos? These are mine. I just point the camera nonchalantly at them and *poof*—nice-looking photo.

Photography fun with friends in al-Najaf in southern Iraq

I’ve learned quite a bit about taking portraits thanks to them. They’re usually open to my lens in their faces since photos are so useful for us. Living abroad puts a strain on far-flung relationships, but photos definitely ease that. And, of course, I get to practice taking portraits, so it’s a win-win for all of us!

Another shot of the couple at Sobat Restaurant in al-Najaf.

VIDEO: “His Surgery Would Be Five Years Away”—A Father Shares His Story!

Posted in Videos, Videos By Me by matt on Friday, February 24, 2012


I had the privilege of interviewing one of the Iraqi fathers at PLC’s most recent Remedy Mission. You can read a lot more stories from the mission on the PLC blog.

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