Photographer: Dryden Goodwin
Mr Chamsi-Pasha worked as an industrialist and, at the age of 91, is still a leading popular figure for the Syrian community in the UK. I felt the responsibility making this photograph held, in light of the volatile and tragic events currently still unfolding in Syria and his home city of Homs, affecting his family's life so deeply.
I hoped the photograph I chose to work on from the many I took, held something of the richness of Mr Chamsi-Pasha's years of work and life experience. I also wanted the photograph to evoke a strong sense of dignity, fortitude and history.
As I began to draw into the surface with an etching needle, I was interested in the ambiguous and suggestive power of scratching drawn lines into the photograph, both scarifying but also in some way like an opening up of the image. It felt like reaching in and beyond the image, into the space and moment that the photograph was taken in, but also even further back, literally drawing on and responding to the particular vitality of this person.
I'm interested in the potential of revealing dimensions beyond the surface of the image, in some way activating human connection and unseen emotional contours.
by Dryden Goodwin, photographer - www.drydengoodwin.com