FRAGMENTS (2nd, corrected edition)
The remains of the Iron Curtain on the ground and in the mind
by Paul Kaye
For forty years Europe was divided into two opposing ideological blocks, participants in a global Cold War between communist East and capitalist West. Where these political enemies met, the eastern regimes built an elaborate Iron Curtain, outwardly aimed at protecting themselves from western invasion but in reality to keep their dissatisfied populations captive. Twenty years after revolution removed the communist rulers, what remains of the barriers they erected along Europe’s political faultline? Journalist and photographer Paul Kaye cycled 3,600 kilometres along the route of the Iron Curtain, from the Baltic to the Adriatic and around Berlin, to record the physical remnants of the divide and the thoughts of those that lived along it.
I live in London and work for the European Commission, responsible for helping to promote language learning and the language industry. Before that I worked as an EU translator in Brussels, and previously for a decade as an environment policy journalist. I now indulge my journalistic tendencies by crossing them with interests in culture, history, travel and photography.