The Black Sea region is a mixture of totalitarian regimes, young democracies and ethnic minorities, the spot where three civilizations – Europe, Asia and the Middle East –meet. Regardless the nationality or social status, lots of inhabitants of the countries situated around the Black Sea work for many years, having only one dream in mind – to spend a week holiday at the seaside.
In 2010, photographer Petrut Calinescu with a journalist Stefan Candee set out on a trip across Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. Together they visited the autonomous republics, the ones internationally recognized and those still rooted in the diplomatic vacuum (North-Karabakh, Abkhazia, Transnistria). The result of the expedition was a travel blog that today, thanks to the efforts of other journalists from the Black Sea region, is becoming an internet platform for more in-depth stories.
Petrut Calinescu was born in 1976 in Bucharest. During his studies at Journalism University, he worked as a photojournalist, then he delivered materials to the most important Romanian newspapers and finally started working for the largest media agency in the world – Reuters. His works were published by “The Times”, “New York Times”, “Der Spiegel”, “Newsweek”, and many others. He was awarded the prize for best photographer by the Association of Romanian Photo reporters. Currently, he is focusing on topics outside the mainstream, often ignored by the official media, e.g. a series about Romanian immigrants.