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Years ago I started a big travelogue on the Balkans. My main purpose was to capture, through my camera lens, the Balkan people, to make a Balkan mosaic and to record those deep, human characteristics, which connect all people across the Balkan Peninsula. Moreover, my intention was to bring back to our collective memory the repressed Balkan identity, which will lead our way over the years to come.

For the needs of this photographic work, I have visited, so far, ten countries, tens of cities, towns and villages, although the most important part is that I was given the chance to meet hundreds of people. Besides, people are the central core of this particular project. The common people you meet when you travel from the long-suffering Srebrenica and the divided Mitrovica, to the cabins of Agio Oros and the slums and suburbs of Pristina, Kosovo, from the alleys and coffeehouses in Constantinople to the northern villages of Albania and to the roma ghettos of Plovdiv and Skopje. From one capital city to another, from one village to another but above all from person to person.

In a time where fences and walls are erected, not only among the Balkan countries but also among the rest of the European countries, what really matters is for people to remain united. Our common fate should be the guiding principle of our thoughts and actions. Thus, we must pinpoint and give prominence to those elements that promote peace. My aspiration is that this project will be able to activate people and ̶ no matter how utopian it may seem ̶ will be the jumping off point for a debate between them. After all, fact is (as it emerges through the project) that what unites people is greater than what divides them.

Agrafa, Greece. A man walks on a path in the mountains of the Agrafa region.
Sinop, Turkey. Girls gaze at the sea.
Stolipinovo, Bulgaria. Man with guns during a wedding.
Novosej, Albania. Men are praying in front of the coffin.
Central Evia. Greece. Trojan Horse.
Peshkopia, Albania. Two boys play football on a street in the evening.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria. A boy is playing on a trampoline in Stolipinovo, a «ghetto» located on the outskirts of the city.
Pljevlja, Montenegro. The wife of a Yugoslav Colonel. Photo from the family grave
Kukes, Albania. The city at night as seen from the highest building.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The groom and the bride descend the stairs of their flat.
Fus Kosov, Kosovo. Α baby in his swing inside a house in the suburbs of Pristina.
Evia Island, Greece. A woman, her child and Jesus.
Bitola, FYROM. The place next to the church where the believers gather after the mysteries.
Albania - Kosovo borders. Men in an old cafe in the northest point of Albania.
Skepan Polje, Montenegro. A girl is resting behind the bar counter.
Black Sea, Romania. The sea at night.
Rodopi Mountain Range. Greeek - Bulgarian borders. Α christian and a muslim woman.
Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gravestones at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial and Cemetery for the Victims of the 1995 massacre.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria. A boy wearing a mask in a Roma neighborhood.
Pristina, Kosovo. During a woman's funeral.
Pristina, Kosovo. The funeral of some UCK fighters who were killed in Kumanovo, FYROM after days of fighting with the army and the police.
Bosnia and Herzegovina. A landfill near the road.
Athens, Greece. Greeks in Syntagma Square during the demonstration about the name of the neighboring country, FYROM. A political problem that lasts more than 25 years.
Chalkis, Greece. A man kisses his woman. They were living for months wih their three children in the abandoned Municipal Market.
Albania - Kosovo borders. During a feast that villagers welcome Spring.
Mitrovica, Kosovo. Walking on the hill in the industrial area
Peshkopia, Albanial. Two men in a hot spring.
Ordu,Turkey. Children collect leaves for food and place them on a map of Turkey and Greece.
Istanbul, Turkey. A transgender in Tarlabasi, near Taxim Square.
Central Romania, The story of Dumitru family.
Xanthi, Greece. A woman with her grandsons.
Shkoder, Albania. Boys are playing on the ruins of a factory.
Mount Athos, Greece. A monk is walking on a path. The last four years he lives alone in cell in the middle of the woods away from civilization
Pristina, Kosovo. Men in the old market of town
Greek - Bulgarian borders. Girls with traditional costumes.
Pristina, Kosovo. A boy is standing into an abandoned house in the suburbs of Pristina.
Serbia. View from the aeroplane