"But They Never Meant To Be Together"
They were from conservative families from two different villages in the rural countryside. Fate and war had led them to meetin the city of Jerusalem. They did not have the privilege of having a decent conversation. Only a quick look during a passingcoincidence will brighten up there lonely nights… They knew that they belonged together...After the war of 1967 in Palestine, things went worst and they had to move to Kuwait. They both separated but didn't knowthat they were going to the same place. Life went busy for both of them. Both stayed single and chose the monastic life ratherthan being with someone else. The irony of faith was that they lived not too far away from each other but the coincidencesfailed them. They used to pass by the same places but in different times- the fruit shop, the tailor, and the photography studio.They used to visit the photography studio often to renew their passport photo or residency papers. Once they decided to posefor the camera, the pose came natural. It said, "I'm thinking about you and I will always do".That lonely photo became a yearly habit for both of them at the same studio. The ﬂower vase became their partner in thecelebration of their anniversary. Their negatives were closer to each other more than they were... And then the gulf warhappened. They both loved Kuwait and took its side. He was killed as punishment for his betrayal to the Iraqis, and she wascaptured for leaking information to the Kuwaiti resistance. She never came back...They both dedicated their life for love- the love of someone who they belonged to and the love for a country that they were never born in... "But they never meant to be together..."Hand Colored Gelatin Silver PrintKuwait - 2013