John Ibrahim: Portrait of a Friend



Photography and Text by John Ibrahim



eŸclipse – (Greek) the darkening of a heavenly body 

I found George sitting alone on the stairs, physically trapped between the wall and the banister. Lately, I’ve been seeing him like this quite frequently. It had been a long time since he last saw E, his girlfriend. They’ve been dating for quite some time now, but ever since E left town to complete one of her art projects George has been very reserved.


Thinking of her would put George at ease, but it also increased his longing for her. In her absence, George kept only to himself. As George sat stationary, I sensed that he viewed his life with limited options.

But today, E would be visiting, and this surprise completely transformed George.


For George, seeing E was like seeing the sunlight.

eŸclipse – George, the moon. And E, the sun.


George studied physics and E studied art, and united together, they were a masterpiece. Without E, George lived his life cautiously and calculated, but whenever he was with E, he was as free as a paintbrush on a blank canvas. He was relaxed and had a lively spirit, with his full embrace of life mirroring his full embrace of E. I loved seeing George like this, but I knew that E would eventually have to leave to return to her work.

When she did leave, George returned back to his quiet self, but with an added sense of thoughtfulness. Seeing E had rejuvenated him.



Photography and text by John Ibrahim, Copyright 2015

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