Baltic States

Road Trip in the Baltics: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

This photographic journey started when I flew to Vilnius to meet with a friend who happened to be there for a student exchange program.

The trip turned out to be more than just two friends travelling to Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. It was my first encounter with the Baltic States and I was stunned with what I saw. Those pictures represent just that: the daily life of a young stranger, immersed in the cold winter of the South Eastern Baltic Sea.

Of those countries, we often only know the stereotypes of poverty depicted by the pictures of the end of the Soviet block. I found myself photographing three cities with their own atmospheres and their unequal level of economic development, although all united by their human richness and their common past.

From the soviet-style buildings in Lithuania to the medieval town center of Tallinn in Estonia through the effervescence of Riga and the edges of the Baltic Sea in Latvia, my eyes through the camera were looking to capture the essence of these three countries and their evolving populations.

By working with blur, building triptychs or using a reportage-influenced framing, I wanted to recreate in this series the diversity what that struck me throughout my trip. Those pictures are a mix of genres mainly influenced by the lighting I encountered; they aim to be a depiction of a Baltic culture constantly evolving since the end of the Soviet era.