In 2014, after watching the turbulent Arab Spring, I travelled to Lebanon to start a project looking at Syrians, and their fragmented lives and exodus from their land. The project is a mix of documentary photography and collected imagery from the phones of refugees themselves. This creates a collaborative element to the project that reflects the growing importance of technology in personal recording of your surroundings during crisis, and also reveals the delicate and unseen moments that refugees choose to record for themselves. The project is driven by my personal account of the crisis and interactions with those I meet. The project covers a subject that is the defining event of this decade, and focuses on the fallout of the most deadly and politically complicated conflict at the moment.
Oliver Tooke is a British freelance documentary photographer. He mostly works on long-term personal projects, in such places as China, Ukraine and the Middle East and Europe. Oliver graduated from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at the University of Gloucestershire in 2014.