A Bit About John Wreford

A photographer on the loose around the Middle East.

The posts regarding Syria are mostly from my Damascus diary where I lived from 2003 until I was forced to leave in 2013. Most of my photographic archive along with notes and diaries from that time were lost in the turmoil of a forgotten revolution.

I find art, in one form or another to be the answer to everything.

My life now is about telling stories of the human condition, the good the bad and the beautiful.

More recently I have returned to analogue and historical photographic processes as a medium to help share those stories.

My ridiculous intention is to post once a month so please enter your email (in the box to the right) as positivity is infectious.

Support for my work and this blog is greatly appreciated and would not be possible without you so please do consider buying me a coffee-it really does make a difference.

Thank you πŸ™‚ x

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John Wreford is a freelance photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey, available for commercial and editorial photography assignments throughout Turkey and the Middle East.

Contact me through my website or all the usual social media channels


261 replies to A Bit About John Wreford
  1. Interesting photos and narrative… so sad to see the wonderful area being systematically destroyed. Wish I could continue exploring along the N. African coastline, the magnificent Roman ruins, other historical sites. Cheers

    1. Thanks Alec
      Lets hope things improve soon.
      Fascinating part of the world to explore
      (Sorry I have just discovered a load of comments I have not relied too-apologies for the slow response)

      1. i read some more of your stories: the siwa one was very good, and the reference to the Horreya bar in Cairo was intriguing. What a place that is, or was! I take it you live in Istanbul now. Once I get a vaccine shot, I might go there in the Spring to take a look at some of famous mosques. I will drop you a line in a month or two or three, inshallah, to let you know of my plans, and perhaps we will end up finally meeting up. I no longer post in leavingamerika.com, but continue to describe my work on islamic patterns in zakrafa.design. cheers, ali

    1. Thank you Patrick
      Your images are stunning-its always a pleasure
      (Sorry I have just discovered a load of comments I have not relied too-apologies for the slow response)

  2. Thanks for liking (and so, most probably, reading) my writing on my sis’ passing. I appreciate it much since only another person online ever liked it in fourteen months. Thanks dearly whoever you are ❀ ✨

  3. Hi,
    I found a link to this blog on Cheryl Bolens article about Jane Digby and of course it fascinated me – I live in Amman, having strong ties to Istanbul, too. So now I came to check out some of your wonderful pictures – I definitely cannot compete but maybe I can still learn some …

  4. I love your blog. One can find out a lot about the Middle East and also about you! I am happily spending my free time at work reading the experiences you have gone through, thus ‘travelling’ through the areas that you have visited, through your eyes.
    Thank you for beautiful photos and words. πŸ’•πŸ’•

  5. Hello Sir. Thank you for your recent visit on my blog and for liking my post. It’s great that you did since I discovered your amazing blog. I love your pictures! πŸ™‚

    1. It was my pleasure and its a pleasure to have you visit my humble pages.
      Thank you so much and keep in tocuh Sunny πŸ™‚
      (Sorry I have just discovered a load of comments I have not relied too-apologies)

  6. Hello, thanks for looking at my blog. So good to see someone who wants to communicate and not sell me stuff. Looking forward to reading some of your blogs and looking at your photos. I am an amateur photographer so love learning from professionals like you and seeing your work.

    1. Thank you Anna
      Its a fascinating part of the world I think you will agree.
      Am glad you enjoyed Jordan-somewhere I am hoping to get back to soon-meanwhile if you scroll through the post index there are a couple from Jordan πŸ™‚
      Take care

      1. Thanks John. Will definitely check out your Jordan posts. I am sure your amazing photography will enhance his magical place even more!

    1. Thank you Tom
      Hopefully I will have the chance to explore more in the future .
      (So very sorry for not having replied sooner-I have just discovered a load of comments I had not replied too! )

  7. Thanks for sharing a world that isn’t so easy to access. Fascinating photography and insightful words. Now following your blog with great interest.

      1. Thank you Jennifer
        I hope you are enjoying the trails of Wisconsin
        (So very sorry for not having replied sooner-I have just discovered a load of comments I had not replied too! )

    1. Thank you so much Ruth
      I hope you have been able to enjoy adventures and go where you want
      (So very sorry for not having replied sooner-I have just discovered a load of comments I had not replied too! )

      John x

      1. You are catching up, I see! And thanks so much for visiting my site (you have used my book title in your reply). I haven’t been traveling much these days of the pandemic, but rejuvenating some older stories that were on my previous website and after. Your stories of the middle east are fascinating.

  8. Istanbul! One of my favourite places. I envy you in a way for being able to live with this city everyday. I can see a lot of interesting writings mixed with the beautiful photos. I will be back the weekend to read more. Until then, Istanbul’a saygilar

  9. Hi, just discovered your blog since you liked a post of mine (thanks for that btw).
    I looked through it and instantly knew I had to follow. Very intriguing photography with such captivating posts. I’ll definitely be reading them from now on.

    1. Thank you so much.
      So glad to have you onboard. I have followed you back, mainly as I want to know the the story behind the name and how you have managed your summer to-do list πŸ™‚ Be different.

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