Since the Schengen Agreement of 1985, restrictions on moving between countries in Europe have slowly been erased. Netherlands-based photographer Valerio Vincenzo decided to document this change in his series “Borderline, the Frontiers of Peace,” a project which is especially poignant today, as the EU struggles with the immigrant crisis.


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“With the help of a GPS and detailed maps, I have conducted many trips along these "erased" borderlines, with the intention of capturing the essence of these now-peaceful crossings,” writes Vincenzo. “Even if sometimes these pictures have been taken thousands of km away from each other, they all provide images that are far from the stereotype that we tend to associate with the notion of border. What is a border anyway?”

In 2012, the European Union won the Nobel Peace prize “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.” Can we make the peace last?

More info: valeriovincenzo.com (h/t: mymodernmet)

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HelmutsCaune 9 months ago

I'm from Latvia and no they're not. For instance, the number of refugees currently accepted in Latvia is six. No, not six thousand, neither six hundred. Six.

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MarianStoide 9 months ago

Same sun, same sea, same sand, same ....

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RozEdelberg 9 months ago

this is so wonderful!!!!!! is there hope for the rest of the world ????

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Jan-WillemTel 9 months ago

There is no triple land mark for which the countries Norway, Sweden and Finland are in clockwise order. Is this mirrored? Otherwise it can not be correct. Yes, I'm fun at parties.

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TarekIssa 9 months ago

Been there! So damn beautiful!

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NinaScekic 9 months ago

Why did chicken cross the border?

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GalatasarajBeograd 9 months ago

So beautiful!!!!Lucky them!!!

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MártonBiró 9 months ago

Similar to the Hungarian-Slovakian-Austrian tripoint

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MagdaDuchińska 9 months ago

I think its rather cool that we have so many wild areas, where nature does what she wants, is untouched by humans, where animals can freely live etc... If I was a frog or a bee I'd surely chose the Polish side :D

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Demon_Boy 9 months ago

Part of the Maginotline

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DeyanAtanasov 9 months ago

Actually, this picture is misleading. Bulgaria and Romania are on opposite sides of the river (Danube), which is more than a kilometer wide. On the land-border (between Silistra and Black Sea) there is a fence. It's illegal to cross the border outside border check points. Bulgaria and Romania are not members of Schengen.

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YuriLee 9 months ago

Sound of music :)

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TaniaDomnina 9 months ago

And this is the Estonia-Russia border. Looks quite peaceful as well :) I think there is not much connection between countries' relations and the look of their borders...

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