Welcome to Between Deserts, featuring writing and photography by Alex Ray.

Seeking critical and nuanced perspectives on development, culture and society, Between Deserts is informed by ongoing personal and professional engagement with communities of the developing world. To date I have worked in and written about Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Cuba, and Timor-Leste.

The views and opinions presented on Between Deserts are my own and do not represent the organisations or individuals I work for.

Work With Me


Need a vibrant story about your organisation’s impacts? Need to produce concise content on a complex issue?

With years of multi-lingual and cross-cultural experience in academia, civil society and news media, I can help you connect with your target audience.

Areas of specialist knowledge include the environment, culture and development and the MENA region.


Want to make an your written communications more readable and engaging? Need a translation polished to native-speaker level?

I engage closely with subject matter, to translate complex issues into everyday language. My clients have included national and international NGOs, and academics.

I am experienced working with non-native English speakers, and translations from Arabic, Turkish, French, Spanish, Italian and Tetum.


My photography features places I have worked and visited and the issues those communities face.

Through observation and listening, I capture intangible moments and stories.

All photos on this website are mine and are subject to copyright.

Click here to learn more about the services I offer.

Every place is a goldmine.

You pick up a thread – a word, a meeting, a friend of a friend of someone you have just met – and soon the most insipid, most insignificant place becomes a mirror of the  world, a window on life, a theatre of humanity.

Tiziano Terzani ~ ‘A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East