From the series, Born Among Mirrors: Lebanon 50 years After.
©Najim Joe Hakim

Altar. Manila, Philippines
From the series, Family Spaces
©Stella Kalaw

I met photographer Najib Joe Hakim over a decade ago when he worked at the San Francisco Business Times. I came in for an interview and we exchanged our information. We didn't see each other after that one meeting. Then two weeks ago, he was at Rayko Gallery and he happen to see the Family Spaces exhibit catalogue from the show at Silverlens Gallery, Manila.

It was wonderful to hear from him after all these years. In an email, he wrote:

One of your images resonated with a foto I made in Beirut after the last war at my Aunt’s apartment building. Funny how similar some cultural phenomena are even half way around the world!

I look forward to catching up and having coffee with him after the craziness at work subsides in a week.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming group show with John Mann, Anthony Marchietti and myself at Rayko Gallery in December.