As I wandered in and around Beirut, I looked for situations, signs, faces that could enlight me on its history, and on its present as well.
This set of images, taken just before the Revolution that began in October 2019, is nothing more than an incomplete inventory of what caught my attention, which gave me some keys to understand where I was.
And so there is the co-presence of ruins and skyscrapers, where attempts of modernity, however little respectful of heritage, borrowed from the first civilizations and the still present traces of the war, rub shoulders from one block to the other.
There are also religious signs and portraits of politicians omnipresent in the streets of the cities, reflecting the religious pluralism of the country and the political confessionalism from which clientelism and corruption unfortunately derive.
And there is the organic life, the vegetation, and the individuals, who in this difficult or even hostile context, resist and try to make a place for themselves to move on towards tomorrow.