VIDEO: Shooting an exodus in a dust storm

Like most photographers, I don’t have many photos of myself because I’m always the one behind the camera. So it’s always nice when one of your companions take a shot of you at work. In this case, a video shot by one of the Christian Peacemaker Team members that invited me along to document the insanity at Khazer checkpoint as thousands of people were fleeing ISIS-held Mosul. Also, there was this big-ass dust storm—which I think looks a lot worse on the video than it really was.

Aside from making me look all cool and collected in the face of this tornado-looking vortex of dust and debris, I like that it also shows me greeting the family of very friendly kids whose truck I eventually climbed onto the back of—though I’m sorry it doesn’t show the climbing up part.