After I finished my
photobook Man-made Coast on the Dutch North Sea coast I started a new project in which again I follow a coastline, that of The Black Sea.
This large geographical area has always been a junction between
Europe and Asia.
From the bustling bazaars in Trabzon to the Russian marineport of Sevastopol, and from Sochi's mondain casino's and olympic facilities to the pristine waterworld of Rumania's Danube delta.
History is often not yet past here. It is still in the
stones, nature and in the minds of many people. It is an area where it pinches: geo-political, religious, regarding minorities and frictions of past and present.
Autumn 2018 I started my slow journey along its more than 4,500 kilometers of coastline in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Abkhazia, Russia, Ukraine, including the Crimea peninsula. Because of the Covid pandemic I had to interrupt my travels for more than one and a half year. In june 2021 I could continue with a trip to the coast of Romania.
I hope that I can present my book by the end of 2022, if covid permits
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Update March 2022.
The war that broke out following the Russian invasion in Ukraine has turned the Ukrainian part of the Black Sea Coast into a horrifying warzone. Of course this is most terrible for all people living in Marioepol, Cherson, Mykolayiv, Odessa and elsewhere in Ukraine. The war destroys lives of inhabitants and also brings damage to cultural monuments, ports, touristic facilities, landscape etc. The Black Sea Coast of Ukraine will never be as it was during my travels in 2019.
The Black Sea itself is divided between six countries which at the moment are in a dangerous potential conflict in which all countries along its shore play a role. Remember that Bulgaria and Romania are EU members and together with Turkey they belong to NATO.
Though it is still no problem to travel to most countries it would be of course impossible to deny the events on the northern shore. So the conclusion for the moment must be that how and when I will finish my Black Sea Coast Project is quite uncertain at the moment.