Images, Records, Memories, Thoughts

The Investigation: My Childhood Home

#14 - On the "Lucien's John Malkovich" page I posted this most unflattering self-portrait on the steps leading to the roof of the building where I grew up as a child. On that same roll I took a short walk down the street in the Nahr neighborhood, to visit Renée, the wife of my deceased maternal uncle Georges.

 

The photograph on the right is also of me at the age of three taken on the very same steps by Ammo Robert.

 

There is yet a third one taken at the age of around 7 wearing a leather vest for the occasion of my mother visiting from Saudi Arabia.


#14 - Khalo Georges (khalo is the term for maternal uncle) was a lifelong plumber who lived in this very tiny apartment with his mother, my grandmother, even before he met Renée. I spent a lot of time in this apartment as a child as it is only one block away from the apartment where I grew up. Renée's mother happened to be visiting that day, or perhaps living there. I didn't ask. Renée's family are Palestinian refugees that came to Lebanon in 1948. Renée's daughter, my cousin, whose name I also forgot, was also there.

#14 - Even though the previous photograph clearly shows my cousin, the young girl, who is also on another roll #15, I am including this image here for the significance of the Leica M6 on the table, which I will discuss later.

#15 - My cousin on roll 15, which can now be added to the 1991 collection.

 

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#15 - A 1991 view of the terrace where I played as a child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I mentioned Khalo Georges, I decided to include this funny photograph (below) of him as a young man in drag in the living room of the apartment of this terrace. If my memory serves me correctly, my mother told me that on her wedding night, my uncle Georges stayed with them in this apartment and was hamming it up. I do not know who the extra leg belongs to. The photo must be from 1957. 

 

R.I.P. Khalo Georges. 

The same terrace circa 1960. Here with Tante Loulou. 


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