Facing East in Germany

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

- Marcus Garvey

The island of Usedom: It’s residents are constantly reminded of their former communist past, some hold dear a time of community and togetherness, unaffected by the trappings of capitalism.

Almost 33 years after the fall of the Wall there remains a story to be told. Photographing the community, I tried to document with portraits the area's key residents and with the support of my writer husband we began to record the unfolding drama of ownership, identity and belonging.

An extract of the work was published with the BBC to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/8284370.stm

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