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 well-known part of the world. Moreover, the countries around the Black Sea are also very different in nature. You can say that here 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 even over 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.
triggered the challenge for me to visualize the more than 4,500
kilometers of coastline of the Black Sea.
For that I will make
about seven trips in the coming years.
To begin with, I traveled
to Trabzon in northeastern Turkey in September 2018 and traveled via
Rize and Sarpi to Batumi in Georgia to Poti on the Abkhazia
In April 2019 I traveled the entire coast of Bulgaria, including the cities of Varna and Burgas to the Turkish border.
In june 2019 I will follow the coast of Ukraine.