It seems my fate to make things that were not meant to happen. When I was going to Syria in 2008 the last thing I had in mind was documentation. It was meant to be an adventure, a journey of discovery, a photographic experience, but I never thought the pictures would gain unexpected documentary value. Unfortunately, with civil war raging there for years I suspect quite a few of the objects I photographed exist only in pictures. Maybe this is the reason for the most archival technique; gum bichromate.