The Orchard Keepers

In late 2012 I traveled to the Sinai desert to begin a six-moth project; to live and photograph the remaining Bedouin Gabaliya gardeners who continued to maintain ancient orchards in the mountain region. I interrogated my perceived romanticisation in attempting to represent the gardeners and their surrounds. Working on a series of portraits, I set up a studio backdrop to photograph each gardener. I envisioned these images as a response to 19th-century orientalist photography, as I included the surrounding context into the frame. I experimented with the perceptual complexities between natural and constructed, as well as with ethnographic photography and my role as both a foreigner and visual storyteller.

 

See also The Orchard Keepers Photography Book and film