In life, we put walls up to separate ourselves from things that don’t make sense to us, scare us, or threaten the status quo. We draw lines to keep people, places, and things from affecting us out of fear that they will do so negatively, and when these lines are crossed, our world is thrown into a self-inflicted chaos. Borders come to be both in an abstract sense as well as in a literal one. From fences built around our homes to signs between towns, cities, states, and countries, borders serve to secure everything that lives within them, and keep everything past them out. These dividing lines, however, can be entirely detrimental to the progression of our planet, both on a personal level as well as on a fundamental one.
We see it every day. The labels we put on all these borders create nothing but space between everything in the world, keeping the natural flow of love, light, peace and harmony for a better world from thriving. Instead, we are faced with confusion, judgement, misunderstanding, and trepidation.
So when we see the sacred ground that connects these borders, we worry what will happen if it is crossed. And because we know, in our hearts, that boundaries are made up, we are relieved when we see the lines relinquish, and this ground used for what it’s made for: unity.
It was the 1885 Schengen Agreement that abolished the restrictions of moving between countries in Europe. And as life as we know it has continued to unfold, we’ve found the relevance of this political progression, this basic right to freedom. But because of the European Union’s current immigration crisis, many of its states have urged to reimpose temporary border controls.
Netherlands-based photographer Valerio Vincenzo wanted to show the importance of upholding this peaceful agreement through a series called Borderline, the Frontiers of Peace. He wants people to question, “What is a border anyway?”
Using a GPS and detailed maps, Vincenzo has “conducted many trips along these ‘erased’ borderlines, with the intention of capturing the essence of these now-peaceful crossings. 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.”
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