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​© 2019 thomas de wouters

My photography is necessarily an interpretation of reality, subjective, but it captures instants of life without ever trying to distort it by an artificial construction

 

the rush

The pictures plunges the public into the reality of those who cry silently their lost country but who show us hope and new life.

Before that the borders have been closed, the migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were in a mad rush from the Greek islands to Central Europe. No more than six days to cross six countries. No more than a few hours in a camp, no time to rest, they have to pick up the next train, the next bus where they can sleep.

Rush. A single word for so many realities. Movement, hustle, urgency, anxiety.

Deep in their eyes we see the severity of what they went through. However, as if this rush did not touch them anymore, they really seems confident and peaceful.

Today that the borders are closed, these six days have become eternity... and we appreciate how vital was this movement. Rush has given way to the waiting.

The Balkans, December 2015