We were looking for a fun way to launch our Instagram account and teamed up with Everyday Eastern Europe’s founder Tina Remiz to curate a selection of images from the project’s archive and show you the region in a way you might have never seen before.
Everyday Eastern Europe was set up with a mission of challenging stereotypical representation of the region and celebrating its diversity. To show you new Eastern Europe, we picked 21 highlights from more than 1,000 photographs featured over the past year and a half.
Our Eastern Europe is new, cool, and surprising. It’s full of happy smiling people, stunning landscapes, cool street art, and exciting cultural and musical events. It’s not just a land of poor babushkas in headscarves (although, yes, many elderly ladies in rural areas still wear them) or pitchfork-wielding peasants (sure, there are many farmers but for a region strong in agri- and horticulture, that’s to be expected). Our lands are not covered in snow all year round, and we don’t really have polar bears wandering our streets – in fact, some of us even have beach resorts and palm trees (yes, you got it right).
If you want to be surprised and see a slightly different perspective on this fascinating region, have a look at the photographs we’ve selected. Enjoy!