A Bit About John Wreford

A photographer on the loose around the Middle East.

The posts regarding Damascus are mostly from my diary and was unable to post while in Syria where I lived for ten years.

All the images on this blog are mine, please don’t just steal them, it bothers me.

Clicking the image below will direct you to my website where you will see more of my work and the bio page that will grass up more of my chequered past.

I am currently based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Your support for my work is much appreciated  Buy Me a Coffee 🙂


254 thoughts on “A Bit About John Wreford

  1. Selam John, nasilsin? I don’t know Syria, I know the Syrian-Turkish border for I spent 3 summers to help in the refugee camps. I spent one year in Istanbul (Asian side, Sancaktepe) the last summer I helped Türkmen from Iraq to settle in Turkey – first needs and reuniting families. Surfing on your blog awakes memories, thanks 🙂 İyi akşamlar

  2. Nick van Dijk

    Good morning John,
    Impressive work! It’s fantastic how you give insight to real people with real stories. I will follow your blog with interest and thank you for showing appreciation of my (new) blog.
    Take care, Nick

  3. Thank you for liking my post. I am very flattered as I am already aware of your work- Meet the Syrians. I am vaguely aware of reading an article somewhere about you too, a photographer who lives in Damascus rings a loud bell. I will be following you from now on. Thank you
    Tina Reid Peršin

  4. Thank you for sharing your photographs and stories from this beautiful country and its people destroyed by war. It is both heartbreaking and hopeful to learn of the struggles and strength of the Syrians, especially the children. I’m looking forward to learning more from you as risk your own life to inform those of us are privileged to live safely out of a war zone (even though that is being harder and harder to do in this ever-changing world).

  5. Thank you for likening my recent post. Since it was a rather personal post about my family history it means allot. I really like your work.You have extraordinary talent. Thank you!

  6. Thanks for taking the time to visit my page and liking my recent post: Wasted. Visiting your page of remarkable photographs documenting the beautiful as well, the disastrous events in such a troubled part of this world can’t help but conjure many emotions ranging from excitement to envy, with a little bit of wonder in between. Wonder stemming from how one like yourself has the fortitude and emotional stamina to impose upon yourself, the hardships of the Syrian Peoples and, those within the Middle East during this troubled era of history. It takes an artist such as yourself to put a true face to this troubled, global human presence. All the best!

  7. Thank you for taking the time to visit http://www.rivenrod.com. Much appreciated.

    I am fascinated by the marvels our tiny planets offers, as well as the glorious and outrageous antics its inhabitants get up to, so you can be sure I’ll catch up with what you’re doing as often as I can.

    I look forward to our next encounter.


    Psssst. My latest novel, Swell, click here for reviews http://wp.me/PXk9K-259

  8. Thanks for liking my post about my son’s trip to China. I think he did some pretty fine photography there, especially in Songling and the Chengxu Temple. I hope you enjoyed them!

    I used to live in Istanbul, last time in 2006. It’s been too long ago; I will always carry Turkey in my heart. Please check out my three posts called “I Used to Live in Istanbul,” Parts One, Two and Three. 🙂

  9. Thank for liking my prose poem. Your works are very impressive. I think you are very brave to be willing to to stay in the area despite all the geopolitical tension nearby.Your work is important as it shows the human face of a suffering people. I tip my hat to your meticulously skilled photos.

  10. I really like reading your stories and love your photos. They give me a glimpse into a world I’m not brave enough to enter. The closest I’ve been to the Middle East is Turkey, which I loved. I especially liked your ‘Meet the Syrians’ stories. It breaks my heart that these beautiful people have had to endure so much. I’m not a religious person but the old saying ‘there but for the grace of God’ feels so true when I hear what is happening in Syria. I look forward to reading more of your pieces.

  11. Creatively Writing Tomorrow's Dream

    Hello John,
    Thanks for stopping by Poetry Corner at Creative Essence’s Creative Writing. I appreciate you, just wanted to tell you. I’m not yet fully set up there, but working on it. I’ve looked around your site a bit, and you’ve got a good thing going. Love your ppsts, your a awesome writer. Keep up the goodness in your endeavors, and they shall take you far!

  12. Victoria

    Hello! Thank you very much for the like you left over on my blog. The first thing I did today was check out your blog and looked at the work you do. The photographs that you take are incredible. Amazing work!! And once again, thank you for being kind enough to like one of my blog posts. I appreciate it. Have a great day. Victoria x


  13. great blog here John; i always appreciate a good blog: the thoughts of real people unsullied by deadlines or money. seems you’ve really seen & experienced a lot. good to hear a voice that was & remains so close to Syria, no media interference just humble, true experience, i’ll be keeping a close eye on your posts. your photographs are smashing as well.

    1. Thank you Daniel.
      This is my hope, to tell stories somehow not being given so much attention for whatever reason, Syria is in the news everyday but little seems to be understood.
      Lots more to come so please stay tuned.
      Am not sure why but some of the pages on your blog load very slowly-the photography section, great images, opens okay but the others seem to take a while-could be me but thought I would give you a heads up.

      1. I eagerly await your future output. I think the theme i use is a little slow for whatever reason. Maybe the use of a static front page. It seems to load slower on phones. I hope it doesn’t stop you having a browse round my blog.

  14. Ricky Trejo

    I admire your photography, very original and creative. I look forward to seeing more work from you.

    I also aspire to be a photographer and seeing these works of art inspires me to work harder and continue my pathway towards photography. Thanks for the like on my page, may all be well for you.


  15. Hi John,
    The kind of work you have presented is amazing.Your pictures speak volumes.There’s so much of depth in them because they reveal true emotions. There’s lot of tension in Syria.People suffer everyday. It takes a great effort in going to such a problematic zone and bringing true stories of genuine people who are suffering all of it.Great Work!!

    1. Thank you so much.
      Syria like all conflicts is more complex than the media image but people there as anywhere are genuine humans trying to move on despite the struggle, to work in such places is fraught with problems obviously but the kindness of people is always the difference.
      Thank you again

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and nominate my blog.
      Really you went to Israel without a camera. Hmm my suggestion is to go back and take some beautiful and informative pictures.
      Thanks again

  17. Hi John,
    Thank you so much for liking my Post on doodlestone.wordpress.com
    Please take a look at my other posts and let me know what you think… Would love your feedback… Also amazing pictures and work… love all your pictures..


  18. Hi John. I have a question for you but I am not sure how to contact you privately. I have an idea which would need your permisison although I think you might like my idea. If possible, can you contact me first via my blog (bottom of the home page there is a contact form). Many thanks,

  19. Thank you for liking my post on https://janehelentaylor.wordpress.com. I am very new to this and it was a lovely surprise. Just the encouragement I need to keep going until I know what I am actually doing and what I want to share. Your blog is inspirational in this regard – your photos are truly beautiful and your posts offer insight into a region we should understand better than most of us do. Thanks again.

  20. Hi, thanks a lot for liking my blog.. and god you have an awesome job, and probably blog as well although I haven’t looked too far yet!.. Where are you living now? I am assuming not Syria? Although I guess you might be out there documenting the devastation. Anyway, thanks again, I look forward to seeing more of your pictures!

  21. John, thanks for liking my Blue Mosque post (on Augenblick). Alas, none of the pictures in that particular post were my own. Your photography is sensational, and I love the design/layout of your web site.

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