When the Beirut Street Photographers first went to shoot on the streets of Douma in 2011, we were met with a day of heavy and near constant downpour making it quite difficult to shoot. We ended up spending most of the day taking shelter from the rain while having a long and leisurely Lebanese lunch. So it was only right that we return to Douma this year to give this charming village near Tanourine a second chance.
Douma is arguably one of the most picturesque villages in Lebanon, resting in a valley with 360 degree views of mountains rising up above it. In every direction you look you can see the mountainside peeking through the red-roofed buildings.
The name Douma, Greek in origin, means house, palace, or castle; a fitting name for a village made up of such beautiful houses.
The whole village seemed a child’s paradise with gangs of boys and groups of girls playing in streets and congregating on shady steps.
And it’s not just the children who meet on the streets of Douma to socialize but friends of all ages.
Beyond the people and the buildings of Douma, it’s the details that tell the story of place.
And then there are the photographers who capture the stories.
Thank you, Douma, for sharing some of your stories with us.