I’m an independent photographer who embarks on several self-funded trips each year, the aim being to engage with local communities and share a tiny part of their story. The more I see of the world, and the more I learn about its people and religions, the more I discover that there’s much more to our story than the picture of destruction and hate we see on the news. Rather than being a violent and dangerous dystopia, I see that the Middle East is actually filled with the some of the most hospitable people in the world. And rather than being a monolithic and singular ‘thing’, gripped by poverty and war, I see that Africa is inhabited by a hugely diverse range of people, cultures and traditions. My goal is not to suggest that the world is without danger; nor do I suggest that conflict reporting and stories of hardship are not vitally important; they are. Rather, I wish to share my personal experience from over 10 years of roaming the world. You know all about the dangers and stereotypes, so let me offer another perspective.