Protests have been taking place across Romania since January 2017 in opposition to blatant government corruption. This one, on 10th September 2018, was partly organised by the diaspora. It marked the one month anniversary of the infamous 10th August protests which ended in violence and hundreds of protestors being taken to hospital. What began peacefully took a sudden turn after fights between aggravated protestors and riot-police took place by the front line. In a decision that has since been condemned by the rest of the EU, the riot-police beat and tear-gassed the crowd indiscriminately, including the elderly and children. Still, people continue to protest whilst change is slowly beginning to take place. Read more about Romania
ACTIVISTS OF KIEV/ KYIV
Since the end of the EuroMaidan revolution in February 2014 and the subsequent annexation of Crimea and invasion of Donbas, multiple NGO's and political activists have sprung up. Many took a hands on approach in the revolution itself and continue to further the EuroMaidan cause of anti-corruption and closer EU ties in the present day, through a variety of means.
Ukraine is a severely divided country, dealing with issues ranging from a hybrid-war in the Eastern region of Donbas, (NOT A CIVIL WAR) the fallout of revolution, throughly embedded corruption and a sudden transition from Communism to Capitalism. These photographs trace my journey from Kyiv, where the marks of revolution are still very much present and IDPs struggle to survive in the expensive capital, through to the industrial South Eastern port city of Kherson, along with the islands that surround it and finally in the beautiful baroque cultural city, Odessa. It's a fantastically diverse country with some tough, but ever hospitable people that would welcome you with open arms and great conversation.
Stepping into Georgia is like stepping into a Tolkien novel. It's a land that magic and mysticism seep through, even penetrating the cold Soviet tower blocks that dominate the urban environment. Even their alphabet is something akin to Elvish, which looks quite surreal when lit up in neon signs. The people are famously hospitable, to the point where you end up with a daily bellyache and a headache from the large quantities of food and drink consumed. It's a vibrant, colourful and deeply fascinating country that doesn't feel like anywhere else on Earth.