The Green Ribbon (work-in-progress)
This project explores the interplay between human activity and wildlife along the European Green Belt, and how nature has reclaimed the land during and since the Cold War era.
Following on from work I made in Poland and Germany in 2013, I sought the next part of the story in terms of the modern history of the land.
The European Green Belt is an area of land that spans the breadth of Europe from the Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle to the Black and Adriatic Seas in the south. It traces the boundary of the former Iron Curtain, which for nearly five decades was an out-of-bounds no-man’s land dividing east from west. This corridor, in war time a death trap to humans, paradoxically enabled wildlife to flourish. Today much of the route is connected through national parks, biospheres and nature reserves.
The project has been supported by the Environmental Bursary from The Royal Photographic Society and The Photographic Angle. Part of this work was made in collaboration with Carl Bigmore, and this work can be see in The RPS Journal here.