ISLANDERS

by Giannis Kolesidis

Giannis Kolesidis visited borderline islands during winter and used his camera and experienced eye to highlight the difficulties in the everyday lives of islanders, recording personal stories and the wild beauty of the scenery which most people are used to see in the light of summer.

The population is declining dramatically and the islands’ ferry links to major urban centers are reduced to once a week. Due to the strong winds, it is possible that their inhabitants will not see a ship on their island for weeks.

There are shortages of basic necessities, while the access of the islanders to the cultural life, to the big hospitals, to experienced medical and nursing staff, is practically impossible. The difficulties of everyday life make them unpopular destinations for doctors and teachers and the staffing of clinics and schools proves impossible.

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