Samsam scans a mockup of my book Téléphone Cassé.

As children growing up in Beirut, our parents kept us indoors. So my father taught me Téléphone Cassé (literally “Broken Telephone”), a game where one kid whispered a secret word to another, who then whispered it to the next kid, and so on until the circle was complete. The last kid yelled out the secret word and we all had a laugh. Sometimes the word was unchanged, but more often than not, it was absurdly different.

Last summer, more than twenty years later, I had grown into an adult: bored, tired, and depressed. I locked up my camera, my books, and my pencils, and took a break. And that’s when the world around me suddenly became interesting, fascinating even. I pulled out my phone and began documenting my life in all its curious little details. Since it was with me all the time, my phone captured everything indiscriminately. The beautiful, the ugly, the life-changing, and the banal were all strung together into a game of Téléphone Cassé: each photo led to the one after it, with very little control or thought.

The secret word I started with was “depressed.” And yes, in the end it turned out absurdly different.

Téléphone Cassé: A Very Personal Portfolio is published and distributed by Blurb. Please contact us for more details.

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samsam July 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm

… at the end the word may come up as “Passion” :) at least for me!
<3

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Meedo July 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm

My dear that’s not the end, it’s the beginning. :)

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samsam July 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

True :)

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samsam July 14, 2010 at 1:44 am

… at the end the word may come up as “Passion” :) at least for me!
<3

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Meedo July 14, 2010 at 1:52 am

My dear that’s not the end, it’s the beginning. :)

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samsam July 14, 2010 at 1:55 am

True :)

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izzy July 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

wow, can’t wait to see this!!! xx

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Meedo July 16, 2010 at 6:15 am
izzy July 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

wow, can’t wait to see this!!! xx

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Meedo July 16, 2010 at 9:15 am
mira July 16, 2010 at 12:11 am

bravo :) ur a genius meeds xx

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Meedo July 16, 2010 at 6:16 am

Hahaha! Now isn’t that the overstatement of the year! x

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mira July 16, 2010 at 3:11 am

bravo :) ur a genius meeds xx

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Meedo July 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

Hahaha! Now isn’t that the overstatement of the year! x

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Assad Taha July 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

It is elegant

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Meedo July 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I just saw this comment! Thanks. :)

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Assad Taha July 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

It is elegant

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Meedo July 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I just saw this comment! Thanks. :)

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