In November 2014 Liam Arthur traveled to The West Bank to help pick olives and to photograph the people there who live their ordinary lives against an extraordinary back ground of sectarianism and strife. The result is ‘Occupied – Portraits of The West Bank’ a gentle but powerful set of images that reveal the everyday life that lies behind the drama and the violence of the news feeds. The pictures are moving because they capture moments of normalness, kids go to school and play football, farmers pick olives and tend goats. But it is all against the unseen but ever present background of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
‘Occupied – Portraits of The West Bank’ is currently featured on the photo mag website Of The Land and Us together with an article by Liam about his journey and how he created the project.