My adventure began way back when as a little tike in Beirut, Lebanon where I was born during the Lebanese Civil War. My parents moved to the US a couple times (first in 1976 and then permanently in 1985). I’ve lived in Michigan, Florida and Hawaii, and have traveled to some interesting places during my time. But I always feel that the adventure is just beginning.
My passion for photography began while living in Honolulu, HI. I got my first real camera (A Canon Rebel G, yah, it used film) and experimented. I was fascinated but it was several years before I would call myself a photographer.
HOW TO GET A HOLD OF ME
Here are the best ways you can connect with me. I’m most active on Google+ but I do keep up with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
I’m always looking for interesting places to shoot and am available for workshops. Drop me a line.
I specialize in High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography and am drawn to hyper-real/surreal scenes. I’m drawn to simplicity, dramatic moments and elegance. These themes are at times in conflict and usually I prefer elements of conflict and tension over simplicity and elegance. The hour before a storm is one of my favorite times to shoot.
LICENSING & IMAGE USAGE
My images are yours to enjoy and they are licensed under a non-commercial Creative Commons license. You can store or distribute the images or even create your own work based on my images as long as you:
1) Attribute the image to CertainPointofView and Ali Elhajj
2) Not use the images for commercial purposes
I grew up in the Middle East during a time of great strife and my life has been deeply affected by war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am deeply concerned about the Middle East and the children who live daily under violence or the threat of violence in Israel and Palestine. Every December, my wife and I bring together a team of individuals from American, Israeli and Palestinian churches through the Bethlehem Christmas Project to deliver Christmas gifts to orphans, children with special needs, and children suffering from post-traumatic stress in Israel and Palestine.
A FEW OTHER TIDBITS
I’m a Canon shooter, I like Sci-fi, I believe chocolate should be a food group, I like renaissance and baroque art, and have yet to meet a gadget I don’t like (generally, if it has an on-button and/or LEDs, I’m happy).