Missing

From the moment I saw him sitting among a small group of friends by the canal in Calais, I knew I wanted his photograph. Fortunately for me he also turned out to be one of those people that quite like having their photograph taken. Even later, when I suspected he was tiring of this attention, he did so only with a raised eyebrow or a smile, because he was one of those rare people that get endless pleasure from making others happy.

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Once he realised that the crazy photographer wanted to document all aspects of migrant life in Calais, I think he saw it as part of his job to make sure that I didn’t come to any harm along the way. To a man from his corner of the Middle East, it was a matter of honour and respect. To a woman from my corner of the South East of England, it…

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