After the explosion at Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, people became worried over the safety of its historic buildings. Venezuelan architect Gabriela Cardozo, together with her photographer husband Joseph Khoury, brings 30 postcards to spread a message about saving the historic buildings through photographs. Their destination: Beirut’s neighbors Gemmayzeh and Mar Mikhael.

The couple started their Bouyout Beirut (Houses of Beirut) project in 2016. It’s a three-series photograph of historic houses and buildings at Gemmayzeh and Mar Mikhael, places famous for their boutiques, restaurants, and cultural spaces. The cities already have old buildings shown in Khoury and Cardozo’s photographs. Although faded, the natural beauty of the buildings are seen clearly in the pictures.

But, the Lebanese think that the damage caused by the blast will be used as an excuse to completely get rid of them. 1,500 citizens have been sharing Khoury and Cardozo’s pictures of them holding up the postcards from Bouyout Beirut in front of the destroyed buildings in hopes of saving them. Not only will these photographs be able to save the buildings, but their historical value as well.