Beirut Graffiti…

Photo by Emily O'Dell

Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy.

― Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion

Around midnight last night–on my walk home–I snapped some photos of graffiti on the busy walls near the hospital. I think I was drawn to the Arabic graffiti above–which says “Beirut”–because of the stylized calligraphy and the punk feel of the colors. For some reason, I prefer photographing graffiti at night, even though there’s barely any light. Graffiti seems to speak louder to me in the dark–gives it an edge.

Photo by Emily O'Dell

When the internet is non-existent or unbearably slow in Beirut like it was today, it’s tempting to scream (like the guys below)–but I usually find that taking a dip in the sea is a better way to calm down and cope–since swimming in the sea with turtles seems to solve most of life’s frustrations.

Photo by Emily O'Dell

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