Portraits from Duhok, Iraq | Andy Bush

A couple of weeks ago I found my self back in Kurdistan again.  The scorching 50° heat of August that I dealt with last time I was there had given way to a very pleasant 25-30° and made working so much easier.  One of the things I wanted to do while there this time was try to get at least one portrait each day in every place I visited as I traveled around and not necessarily connected in any way to any of the story’s that I was working on. As always I would be shooting everything on my Fuji XT-1 camera’s using mostly the 35mm 1.4 lens which I love.  I also decided to shoot them all in the square format to give the shots that medium format feel.  I had no Flash equipment other than a speedlite which I didn’t want to use and most of the time it was impractical to use any reflectors so I opted for the flatter light of the shade. All of the shots were taken where I found the subjects and without much organising as I didn’t have an interpreter to hand a lot of the time, so I used the universal sign language for “can I take your picture” which is pointing at the camera and pointing at them and saying “OK” with a very sincere look on my face, which seemed to do the trick because nobody refused……..

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Fuji X-T1

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