A Dubai-based designer is using social media to open minds and hearts to her homeland, battle-torn Syria. On Instagram account #FollowMeInto Syria, Siba Mohtadi posts gorgeous images that contradict mainstream coverage of the war and monumental humanitarian crisis ongoing in the Syrian Arab Republic.
When did Instagram first come on your radar? Probably it was from viral postings by a Russian photographer, one of the first Instagrammers to attract global attention. In 2011, Murad Osmann’s "Follow Me" series riffed his then-girlfriend’s attempts to stop his obsessive picture-taking. As she pulled him away, he shot that instead, and a series was born of him being led by the hand through some of the world's most iconic scenery. The couple married last year, and in addition to a wife, he now has 4.4 million Instagram followers.
Syrian-born Mohtadi riffs on Osmann’s concept, limiting her settings to still-beautiful Syria, where hotels and cafes are open for business, people go about their daily lives, and nature thrives. See the country as she does, then share this story to show the world how amazing Syria still is.