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Secrets of Baghdad structures, spaces, and landscape

Baghdad is a city of many secrets, stories, and histories that are often twisted and skewed to fit one narrative or another. During the summer of 2018, the city briefly lifted her veil allowing me to capture a few of her secrets to share.

Public spaces, private places, and fire-hazed sunsets.
The smoker's bench.
Abandoned places and bombed out spaces, remains and interiors of buildings ravaged by time, poor construction, and war.
According to Wikipedia, the Al-Rahman mosque (Arabic for "The Most Merciful") in Baghdad, was intended to be one of the largest mosques in Iraq. It was begun by Saddam Hussein in 1998, but work was cut short during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and it was never completed. It remains uncompleted in Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood, in the place of the old race track.
Rooftop views.

Iraq's culture is an wonderful blend of ethnic and religious peoples, all who bring diverse culture--such as cuisine, sports, and art--to the country.

The many flavors of Baghdad.
On 27 July 2018, Baghdad was perfectly positioned to witness the second full lunar eclipse of 2018.
Baghdad city lights at night.

Baghdad is filled with signatures of a special blend of people. I was fortunate that during my short visit, the city unveiled some of her secrets providing a brief glimpse into the past, present, and possible future.

Cindy Eccles is an anthropologist who contributes to privately-held domestic and international white papers on ethnic minority violence and civil unrest trends. In her spare time, she finds peace and solace behind the camera capturing moments in time occurring on planet Earth. Her hope is to inspire appreciation, tolerance, and mutual respect for all inhabitants and creations on planet Earth. You can find more of her work at her website by following the below link.

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