#LightBoxFF: Loulou d’Aki’s Daily Diary of Destruction in Gaza

Loulou d'Aki, LightBox Follow Friday
Pillar of smoke rises from the port, hit in an early morning airstrike #gaza, July 29, 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of TIME’s LightBox Follow Friday, a series where we feature the work of photographers who are using Instagram in new and engaging ways. Each week we will introduce you to the person behind the feed through his or her pictures and an interview with the photographer.

This week on #LightBoxFF, TIME spoke with Loulou d’Aki (@dakiloulou), a Swedish freelance photographer who uses Instagram to show the world the “horrific, emotional, sad and appalling stories” she encounters on a daily basis in Gaza.

LightBox: What is the purpose of your feed?

Loulou d’Aki: I see Instagram as a picture diary, which means that its purpose varies a little bit according to the location. While in Gaza, for instance, the purpose of me being here is purely journalistic, so the feed naturally becomes as well, although I always tend to post more private and globally less important moments as well. I take all my Instagrams with an iPhone and I love how easy it is to snap pictures this way. The phone is a lightweight, tiny object I can carry in my pocket at all times as opposed to my Hasselblad or my SLR. I like the fact that I can always take a picture when something comes my way, even when I step out for a morning run. I think the use of Instagram is creatively quite liberating. It’s so simple.

Shishaya during a 12-hour ceasefire, July 26, 2014

LB: How are you using Instagram while in Gaza? Why did you choose to show these images on Instagram?

Loulou d’Aki: I use Instagram in Gaza as I would use it anywhere else. I post pictures from locations where I’ve been working, of people I’ve photographed, on stories I’m working on, but also simply of what I see when I wake up in the morning, of friends and colleagues, etc.

However, the Gaza strip is inaccessible for most people and I do feel a bigger urge for this feed to reach out in order to tell what’s going on over here right now. I come across horrific, emotional, sad and appalling stories every day in the strip. I would like the feed to have an impact, for it to inform.

Blood on a stretcher at Nasser hospital morgue in Khan Yonis, southern Gaza Strip, July 24, 2014

LB: How has Instagram become a part of your professional workflow?

Loulou d’Aki: When on assignments or working on personal projects, I use Instagram to document what I do, to show how my work progresses. It amuses me, at times, when I take a picture [with my traditional camera] that I like, to take one with my phone as well and vice versa.

LB: When did you hit your stride with Instagram? Was there a moment, a project or an image where you crossed a threshold, and your perspective on the platform changed?

Loulou d’Aki: I’ve been using Instagram since December last year. I decided to try it simply because I got a brand new iPhone and because I was curious to try something many of my friends – photographers – were already using. I’ve always liked the idea of daily pictures instead of a written diary and I suppose that’s what I’m doing with Instagram. My feed’s contents vary depending on my whereabouts.

Across from the morgue, babies are born. Gaza, July 21, 2014

Loulou d’Aki is a Swedish freelance photographer. Follow her on Instagram @dakiloulou

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

See more from TIME’s #LightBoxFF series here

Related Topics: , , , , , ,

Latest Posts

New York, New York. United States.October 17th 2014.#Dysturb New York.

Guerrillas in the Streets: The Dysturb Photo Collective Comes to NYC

Dysturb, a collective of photographers, takes to New York City's streets to bring photojournalism directly to the crowd

Read More
CARNIVORE’S DILEMMA PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of National Geographic magazine dated November 2014 and exclusively in conjunction thereof. No copying, distribution or archiving permitted. Sublicensing, sale or resale is prohibited. REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: All image uses must bear the copyright notice and be properly credited to the relevant photographer, as shown in this metadata, and must be accompanied by a caption, which makes reference to NGM. Any uses in which the image appears without proper copyright notice, photographer credit and a caption referencing NGM are subject to paid licensing. Mandatory usage requirements:1. Include mandatory photo credit with each image © Brian Finke/National Geographic2. Show the November cover of National Geographic somewhere in the post (credit: National Geographic) unless using only one image - you do not have to show the cover3. Provide a prominent link to: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/meat/4. Mention that the images are from "the November issue of National Geographic magazine”Beef is big in Texas. Last year in the state, ten times as many calves were born, 3.85 million, as human babies.At the Big Texan in Amarillo—which offers free rides in a longhorn limo—you get your 72-ounce steak for free ifyou finish it in under an hour, along with the shrimp cocktail, the baked potato, the salad, and the roll.

Photojournalism Daily: Oct. 20, 2014

Courtesy Ginger Miller

#TIMEvets: Share Your Stories and Photos of Inspiring Veterans


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 17,510 other followers