In October and November 2015, I have covered the refugee crisis from the camps at the Syrian border in Lebanon all the way to Berlin passing by Greek islands and mainland and through Macedonia (FYROM). What was once a dangerous journey towards a new life is now uncertainty and stagnation for thousands of refugees stuck in camps in Greece since the deal with Turkey last March 20th.
Three weeks ago, I’ve arrived once again in Athens to show through my pictures how the situation changed for these people in these time of political uncertainty. My photo essays will cover different topics organised under these series;
Journey in stagnation
A comparison of two different realities showing the transition from the past to the present. A series of diptychs telling two different stories of place.
Once temporary transit areas, the refugee camps became semi-permanent living quarters for thousands of asylum seekers in Greece. Living conditions change dramatically between the camps and the regions. This series of pictures will explore thirteen different camp with one single image for each including the now famous Idomeni, Piraeus in Athens, camps on Lesvos Island and many more.
The evolution of the trash issue on Lesvos Island
Thousands of boats arriving on beautiful Lesvos Island created an important environmental issue. Through long hours of work from volunteers and organisations, the beaches of the touristic island are now essentially back to normal but there is still work to do on remote beaches as well as long term management and disposal of enormous quantities of discarded life jackets and boats.
Smiles in Exile part II
Human resilience in difficult times. There is always hope. Have a look at the last Smiles in Exile from 2015.
Eyes of Exile, Part II
Intimate and minimalist portraits of the faces of refugees in waiting.