capturing stolen moments of freedom along the banks of ukraine's rivers
Photographer Chris Nunn found himself in Kalush, Ukraine at the start of 2013, a year before the Maidan Revolution, with the sole aim of tracing his family history. It wasn't long before he began capturing the country's attempts to find brief moments...
In December, every one of Ukraine's twenty-three thousand rivers freezes over. Criss-crossing the country, the icy channels remain suspended in animation until March, when they gush forth, providing ties that bind in a country where, in recent years, ties that bind have spilt more than just water. Not that that's why the pictures were taken.
To cut a long story short, photographer Chris Nunn found himself in Kalush, Ukraine at the start of 2013, a year before the Maidan Revolution, with the sole aim of tracing his family history. Travelling east, he ended up in Donetsk just as the conflict was kicking off and, as the situation escalated, felt increasingly drawn to the quiet -- a cold beer here, the simplicity of a kitchen worktop there, a stolen moment on the hood of a car. The country's waterways -- west and east, before war and during war -- provide the setting for these images, just as they provided Nunn and the people that live there an escape from the conflict around them, somewhere to barbecue or fool around, swim or just lay back in the grass. And like the river that freezes, they are an isolated moment: animation suspended beside the holy water.
Text Matthew Whitehouse
Photography Christopher Nunn