• A horse on the road south to Osh.
  • A couple eat breakfast in the market in Jalal-Abad.
  • A monument in Osh.
  • Four boys after swimming in the river in Osh.
  • A butcher in the meat market in Jalal-Abad.
  • Boxing club in Osh.
  • School girls sing in the school yard in the public school in Nariman, a village near Osh.
  • Rundown workers apartment block in the town of Balykchy.
  • An old couple who misses the USSR days in the town of Balykchy.
  • A closed factory in the town of Balykchy.
  • A strip dancer in a Bishkek restaurant.
  • Guards at the Freedom Square in Bishkek.
  • A couple in a park in Jalal-Abad.
  • The neglected habour in the town of Balykchy at the Western end of Issyk-Kul.
  • A boy enters the public school in Nariman, a village near Osh. On the last day of the school year, the students bring flowers to their teachers.
  • Heavy rain on the road between Bishkek and Jalal-Abad.
  • A young woman prepares her shop in the local market in Jalal-Abad.
  • The Naryn River.
  • Nomads living in the mountains around Naryn.
  • Apartment block with an Olympics 1980 relief in Jalal-Abad.
  • The oldest students gathering for a group portrait in the public school in Nariman, a village near Osh. "A Man Who Knows Two Languages Is Twice The Man" is a favorite Lenin quote.
  • Horses and cows belonging to a big group of nomads living in the mountains around Naryn.
  • A restaurant in the market in Jalal-Abad.
  • A minibus in Osh.
  • In the town of Balykchy, a man lies at the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul.
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  • A horse on the road south to Osh.
  • A couple eat breakfast in the market in Jalal-Abad.
  • A monument in Osh.
  • Four boys after swimming in the river in Osh.
  • A butcher in the meat market in Jalal-Abad.
  • Boxing club in Osh.
  • School girls sing in the school yard in the public school in Nariman, a village near Osh.
  • Rundown workers apartment block in the town of Balykchy.
  • An old couple who misses the USSR days in the town of Balykchy.
  • A closed factory in the town of Balykchy.
  • A strip dancer in a Bishkek restaurant.
  • Guards at the Freedom Square in Bishkek.
  • A couple in a park in Jalal-Abad.
  • The neglected habour in the town of Balykchy at the Western end of Issyk-Kul.
  • A boy enters the public school in Nariman, a village near Osh. On the last day of the school year, the students bring flowers to their teachers.
  • Heavy rain on the road between Bishkek and Jalal-Abad.
  • A young woman prepares her shop in the local market in Jalal-Abad.
  • The Naryn River.
  • Nomads living in the mountains around Naryn.
  • Apartment block with an Olympics 1980 relief in Jalal-Abad.
  • The oldest students gathering for a group portrait in the public school in Nariman, a village near Osh. "A Man Who Knows Two Languages Is Twice The Man" is a favorite Lenin quote.
  • Horses and cows belonging to a big group of nomads living in the mountains around Naryn.
  • A restaurant in the market in Jalal-Abad.
  • A minibus in Osh.
  • In the town of Balykchy, a man lies at the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul.
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Stan

2010 - Ongoing project

20 years ago the Soviet Union dissolved and the republics of the Soviet Empire’s backyard in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – were confronted with an independence that they were not prepared for. With independence came an identity crisis, which still characterizes these young countries. Huge environmental problems and severe water issues have the potential to further destabilize the region. Rising poverty could possibly lead many young people into religious extremism, if no better future will appear.

With the traveler’s curiosity I have launched a journey through Central Asia. The region that is so rich in space and raw materials, but full of kleptocratic regimes without prospects for a democratic society. I started my photographic travels in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 and will visit all five “Stans” in the near future.