"'Good morning! I'm an AFP photographer. Would it be alright to use your roof to take pictures of the garbage mountain in front of your building?'
"'Welcome, welcome my dear, come in. Would you like some coffee? I can give you a full interview if you want. Will your pictures show how bad the smell is?'"
"Since Lebanon's trash crisis began last July, I have asked this question dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of times," writes Joseph Eid, a photographer based in Lebanon. "I am greeted with the same enthusiasm each time, with residents eagerly ushering me onto their rooftops or near their windows to snap pictures of the piles of rubbish lining Lebanon's roads."