In September 2018 I started the Black Sea project. Earlier that year I had finished my photobook Man-made Coast on the Dutch North Sea coast, published by Lecturis. As a follow-up, I chose to follow a coastline again. The Black Sea coast met my need to portray a less known part of the world. Moreover, the countries around the Black Sea are also very different in nature. On could argue that this large area is a junction between Europe and Asia, which makes the area very culturally diverse.
The Black Sea has
regularly been the scene of conflicts and history has left many
History is often not yet past here. It is still in the
stones, nature and in the minds of many people.
There is little harmony on the Black Sea. It is an area where it pinches: geo-political, religious, minority and past and present. All this triggered the challenge for me to visualize the more than 4,500 kilometers of coastline of the Black Sea and its seven boardering countries: Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Abkhazia, Russia, Ukraine and Rumania.
September 2018 I traveled from Trabzon in northeastern Turkey via
Rize and Sarpi to Batumi in Georgia to Poti on the Abkhazian
April 2019 I traveled the entire coast of Bulgaria, including the cities of Varna and Burgas to the Turkish border.
June 2019 followed the coast of Ukraine. Among others the great city of Odessa and the biggest island in the Black Sea: Dzarylhac.
September/October 2019 I will follow the Russian coastline.