The Memory Paradox

Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.

Home / Aleppo © Shogher M. Doghramajian

Being on the constant move from one place to another is not fun at all. Despite the fact that I personally adore travelling and exploring new locations, but this isn’t the case. To leave your home, friends and belongings behind and embark on a new journey is not as easy and refreshing as it sounds. However, some of us are fortunate enough to find a safe place and an incredible group of people who embrace you for who you really are, and I was one of the lucky ones.

Cote d’Azur Lattakia, Syria © Shogher M. Doghramajian

Throughout this journey, I was able to capture beautiful moments that transmit nostalgia, melancholy and little bits of hope. The amount of emotions that are entrapped between these photos is unimaginable. Therefore, I have titled this album of photos as (The Memory Paradox), where the absence of memory or the inability to recall memories properly in an emotional context leads to dysfunction but, paradoxically, the memories that generate too much emotion are equally disabling.

Parz Lij Dilijan, Armenia © Shogher M. Doghramajian

No matter how painful and sorrowful leaving your home can actually be, nonetheless, I am truly lucky to say that I have found another home in an outstandingly beautiful and marvelous country which is called Armenia.

-Chougher Maria Doughramajian


2 thoughts on “The Memory Paradox

  1. Beautifully written. Going through the same experience, I would just add that Armenia and Syria are completely different in nature, culture and social structure. However, only few people comprehend the beauty of both places. And manage to merge their experience of each place into one mindset that makes them unique.

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