In the spring and early summer of 2016 the news was dominated by chatter and debate about the UK’s EU referendum and then more latterly the unexpected result.
During this period my attention was drawn to the fact that there were twenty-eight countries making up the EU. Twenty-eight disparate countries stretching from Finland in the North to the island of Malta in the South, from Ireland and Portugal on the Atlantic ocean to Bulgaria on the Black Sea and a myriad of diverse countries and cultures in between.
I wondered has anyone actually visited all 28 countries? Very few I imagine. I decided to visit and photograph a town in each of the EU member states.
“Project 28” was born.
I set myself a target of photographing all twenty-eight towns before the UK left the EU. This project is not about Brexit despite the noise around the referendum sowing the seeds for my. It is the EU seen through my lens. Images reflecting my experience of the EU in 2016/7.
On 10th August 2016 I made the first of the eleven journeys that would be required to travel to all twenty-eight states.
A year later I had completed the journeys. From the outset it was my intention that my first output from Project 28 was to be a photobook. Converting that intention into reality is actually far more difficult and taking a lot longer than I envisaged. The book '28' will be self published in mid July 2018. The book will not be the conclusion of the project but just the first output.
The handmade photo book is just the beginning. Along the way I have repeatedly been encouraged to document the experiences I had travelling to the twenty eight towns. I plan to do just that through a series of zines and blog posts telling the stories and sharing a few more images of each town. An exhibition is planned to coincide with the UK’s exit (or not!) from the EU in March 2019