In the build-up to the one-year anniversary of the Gaza border protests that opened up a deadly new front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez visited Gaza for the first time.
As someone who had never set eyes on Gaza, his assignment was to use those unfamiliar eyes to record life beyond the daily drumbeat of violence in the blockaded Palestinian territory.
Often, he did not realise what the buildings were because their exteriors gave no sign of what might have been within. Otherwise, Martinez encountered few problems.
"There’s a real sense of being enclosed. You can stand on the beach looking out toward the horizon and see this fantastic sun and crystal blue waters, a sense you are part of the world and there is everything around you."
"You look to the right, you turn one way, and there is Israel and you can go down this road but in a car it was taking 20 minutes. You look the other way, there is Egypt. You go down the road there, there’s a blockade, you can’t go any further.
"You look inland, and there in the background as well is the horizon, is Israel. And you can’t go that way.
"So there is always a feeling you can only go so far one way. And the other way. I did feel it. There is a sort of feeling of enclosure."