18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
A Sign From Above

I don't have a lot of experience with Mosques. For those that see them every day, it may be second nature to pass it by without spending more than a moment or two to acknowledge it. But when I first arrived in Beirut, everything was new. It was not only a new country, but a completely new region of the world for me. Ancient and modern all at the same time, I like to think of Lebanon and my starter Middle Eastern country. Walking past the Mohammad AlAmin Mosque on a brilliant blue sky day, I had to stop. A flock of birds that had been resting on the roof, nonchalantly listening to the constant honking of traffic below, had found a reason necessitating a takeoff. I was in full tourist mode, snapping away with my cellphone as on this particular walk I had left my DSLR behind.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2018
Date Uploaded: 10.2020
Camera: iPhone SE
Copyright: © Ian Hanson