In the early 1920s, the fledging Republic of Turkey and the relatively nascent state of Greece agreed on a historic population exchange. In rough terms, 1.5 million Anatolian Greeks left the western shores of Turkey while some half-million Muslim Greeks poured into the depopulated Turkish coast. The upheaval of humans, history and culture was powerful. Especially in Greece, which had a much smaller population, the influx marked a key moment in the country’s 20th century development.
Today, Greece faces another influx of Anatolian migrants. Yet these migrants, unlike the firmly rooted Greeks of the past, are only passing through the Greek/Turkish shores. Their ultimate goal: (western) Europe, in which Greece is just an inconvenient barrier.
For Chetan Kumar (@chetankumarstudio), a good education came at a heavy price. “I was sent to boarding school at a very young age,” he recalls. “With a heavy heart, I had to leave behind my parents, the beautiful village and countryside, the rivers and the boats, bicycle rides and kite flying.” Ironically, Chetan’s beloved home state of Bihar was considered one of the most undeveloped parts of India — notorious for poverty and crime. But it was his boarding school in northern India that Chetan found unbearable. “Hostel life was about survival among students,” he says. “There was always a timetable, always a plan and a task.” Finally at the age of 16, the schoolboy made a break, traveling on his own for almost 1,000 kilometers to return to his countryside village, in search of the “little adventures” of his lost childhood. Some 15 years later, now working as a photographer and cinematographer, Chetan continues to reclaim his memories, in a photographic homecoming that he calls “Bihar Odyssey.” But he still looks back to the day he ran away from school as a formative moment in his life and his work. “I had overcome my fear and inhibitions of traveling alone, and enjoyed it,” he says.
William is the name and I live in Los Angeles. I tend to shoot things that can evoke an emotion in people or have them think about what is going on. I prefer photos with social commentary in them. Tumblr Instagram
I first heard of Village Vacances after interviewing Simon some time ago, where he shared details surrounding his stay along with his adventures exploring Ile a Vache. Left immediately intrigued, I began to wonder why this paradise isn’t more prominently known. Why was this relatively untouched island hardly ever mentioned in the media’s incessant coverage of Haiti? And more importantly, how could I get myself there? Would it be possible for me, a solo female traveler to navigate there safely on my own?Lucky for me, the answer was yes – all it would require was for me to take a bus, taxi, then boat to get there due to the island’s remoteness. My journey into Ile a Vache would require a 3.5 hour bus ride from Port au Prince to Les Cayes, a 20 minute taxi ride from the Les Cayes bus station to port, followed by a 45 minute scenic boat ride onto the island. But as the saying goes, fortune favors the brave. Once I finally arrived, I was left speechless. Not just by the island’s beauty, but the resort’s simple, care-free and peaceful flare. And although it was far distance to travel to, Ile a Vache was hands down the most restful and beautiful region I visited during my stay within the country. Due to its isolation, the island was also sparsely developed allowing me to fully appreciate the natural landscapes, completely undisturbed from industrialization – a rare feat in the Caribbean indeed. read more