From 1992 to 2011 I travelled to a range of countries in the Former Soviet Union and to Afghanistan, never staying longer than one year in a specific place. Hence, with the possible exception of the first two years of studying in Russia and Georgia - and I took precious few photos at this time - I have been a visitor. Most places I visited repeatedly and at times in different professional capacities: as a field researcher, as a consultant and analyst for development agencies, as an assistant of an ambassador to the OSCE, as a consultant for investors, eventually as an investor myself, and, on very few occasions, simply as a traveller and tourist. During my journeys I have always taken pictures, convinced, that this is part of the professional capacity I had at the time; I never, however, considered myself a professional photographer. In my case photography, indeed, appeared to be “an extension of the anthropologist” or so it seemed.