Recent economic upheavals have reduced an otherwise thriving nightlife scene to relative quiet—a situation that started well before the COVID pandemic. Fiefer is wearing a turtleneck sweater under an army camouflage jacket. Her fingers are tattooed, adorned with rings and crowned with long, darkly painted nails. The country she calls home is situated between Israel and Syria, and conflicts from both often spill across its borders. Refugees account for almost a quarter of its population. The civil war stretched from to , pitting religious communities against one another as a mix of militia groups aligned with different factions split the country.
No one is more aware of that than portrait photographer Scott Church. Church specializes in "glamor work and nude fine artwork. Church was a contributing photographer for Playboy briefly, from through
After hearing about the Tinder dating app on social media a couple years ago, Alan Geday, a psychology student in Beirut, decided to give it a try. Lebanon has a reputation for its liberal social leanings compared to many of its neighbors in the region. So Geday was hoping the app might help smooth the way to meeting women. The prominent city of Beirut sits just 65 miles from the Israeli border.