A Map & A Lens: A Photographic Exploration of Jordan's Religious & Cultural Heritage:
In 2013 I set out to capture Jordan’s most fascinating and frequently overlooked archaeological & religious sites. Between photographing and researching these locations I wrote an estimated 75,000 words of corresponding historical context and background. In the 11 months it took to complete the first phase of the project, I visited over 160 locations, covered a distance of 10,000 km, shot over 9,000 photographs, spent a cumulative 40 days on the road with 26 off-road excursions and 15 night shoots.
The intention of the project was to create a comprehensive archive of artistic and documentary photographs of Jordan’s vast and layered history, as well as provide informative and interesting text to expand on the pictures. The presentation of the work to the world via a photo exhibition and a book being the final goal.
In late 2013 I held an exhibition in Amman that featured 109 photographs from 69 sites. The exhibition was very well received with an estimated 800 people attending.
For more information and images, visit Bashar's website at http://www.mapandlens.com/