With a simple gaze

In my recent travels to France, I had a particularly impactful experience, briefly making the acquaintance of a young presumably Muslim Man. We crossed glances at Gatwick airport on the bus heading to our plane. His face bore an expression mixed of anguish, pain, disenfranchisement, and rage. I offered a warmish gaze crossed of understanding and what I would hope to be read as empathy. He softened. I imagine he was distressed by the countless travelers nervously wondering if he were a terrorist, sent to blow up the plane and ruin their sunny holiday. Shameful.
When we arrived in Montpellier, I was having difficulty understanding the bus driver’s southern French accent. From behind me, I heard the most gentle voice of an intercessor saying “he’s asking if you would also like a ticket for the tram”. It was, of course, this gentleman. He was so kind, so gentle and full of love. To know that that same sternly affixed gaze belonged to this sweet soul belied every preconception imaginable.
Upon exiting the bus he again appeared, offering information about the local area and how to reach my hotel. He so appreciated simply being looked at as a human being that he wanted to show his appreciation in whatever way he could. You can faintly see him in the distance of this photograph, in the blue shirt, just behind the cyclists.
I have met a number of Muslim people just like him. I have never been called a “nigger” by a Muslim and I have never been bullied by one as I have been by many other people of colour. In my experience, Muslim’s are beautiful, God fearing, family loving people. Share a kind glance with someone whom you feel might be Muslim and see the beauty of a culture with which you have little experience.

 

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#Tolerance #understanding #love #community #culture #openmind #friendship #beauty #humanity #heal #Muslim #MuslimsAreNotTerrorists #peopleareawesome #people_and_world #FightRacism

 

I’m a commercial photographer, based in Kent and I specialise in creating dynamic, eye-catching images for my clients. My images are created to add value to every message conveyed across the spectrum of digital and offline platforms alike, including websites, brochures, blogs, social media channels, case studies and any other medium as required. My clients range from BAFTA award winners, multi-national building firms, television personalities and heads of state to local businesses, respected artists and ambitious entrepreneurs. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas (U.S.A.), and after a stint as a lab technician followed by time out to travel, I began a career as a production rigger, working primarily in television and film. This experience allowed me to become accustomed to pressurised working environments and a demanding clientele! In 2011, I began studying at the London Film Academy, which eventually led to me devoting my time and training to becoming a commercial photographer. Whether you have a specific project in mind or you’re looking for a complete brand identity overhaul, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at kevan@smithstudios.co.uk or give me a call on +44 77 6666 1253.

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