Beautiful Places

Less than one hundred miles away from Homs, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Syrian Civil war was fought, lies Qadisha Valley (Lebanon). A most spiritual place, not only because of its importance in middle eastern christianity, but also because of its breathtaking beauty. Scattered with partially abandoned ancient monastic settlements, the valley is also home to hermits, who devoted their life to religious rigour. This series shows the settlement of the most famous hermit in Qadisha Valley, Father Escobar. The picture series is intended to not only capture the immaculate and delightful simplicity of this place, but also the loneliness that it brings with it. All pictures were shot with a Leica Q.