Blue, Green and Yellow  

Russia-Ukraine War | Ongoing Documentary Project

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Photo Magazine | Blue and Green / Series of 6 Photo Magazine

Blue and Green

This series of 6 magazines is a visual document of Ukrainian Romani people who stayed in Ukraine or fled from the Russian-Ukraine War. 

Since 2014, I have been focusing on the minority victims of WW2. I visited the countries where the Japanese empire invaded almost 80 years ago. I met survivors and their children and tried to visualise the long-lasting physical and mental effects of War. History shows that minorities who didn't have political power faced more discrimination, segregation and isolation in the wartime. Although its damages have continued over the generations, many cases have been invisible to the majority, authority, and their history. 

 

After the Russian invasion in February 2022, one of my biggest concerns was the conditions of minorities in this War. On my first visit to Poland in March 2022, I caught a glimpse of discrimination against Romani refugees and decided to follow them.

 

In June and July 2022, I got great support from Romani human rights activists, journalists and local NGOs in Czech, Moldova and Ukraine and visited where the Ukrainian Romani people are currently staying. 

Photo documents and interviews show the current discrimination, segregation and isolation. This documentary work is ongoing, and I will continue extended research and documentation this winter. But I would like to share the current documents since War is ongoing, and we can do something right now. 

Blue and Green / Series of 6 Photo Magazine

 

1. Ostrava|Czech Republic  

B5size, 30pages, Color, English

#Detention Centre

2. Brno|Czech Republic

B5size, 14pages, Color, English

#Tent Camp

3. Chisinau|Moldova

B5size, 46pages, Color, English

#University #Summer Camp #House

4. Praha|Czech Republic 

B5size, 10pages, Color, English

#Sports facility

5. Auschwitz-Birkenau|Poland 

B5size, 14pages, Color, English

#Nazis #Romani Holocaust site​

6. Odesa|Ukraine   

B5size, 50pages, Color, English

#Checkpoint #Disability #Poverty #ID # Holocaust

PRICE

PDF Magazine | 15 Euro

Handmade Paper Magazine with Hardcover | 90 Euro

(Shipping cost included)

 

*You can download PDF Magazines for 15 euros or order physical paper magazines(limited to 25 copies) for 90 euros(including shipping cost) with a handmade hard cover. 

*Contents are the same in both versions.

Download | Shipping Date

The PDF version will be able to download in mid-October.
The handmade physical magazines will be shipped at the end of October. 

 

Photobook Box [Blue, Green and Yellow]

Handmade Edition 50(a few copies left)

1. Photobook: Platform On The Border 

Hardcover (Clothbound) / 208 pages / 18.5cm x 26.5cm x 2.6cm

154 pictures / Inkjet Print / English

2. Photobook: Cats, birds and flowers with Original print

Hardcover (Clothbound) /50 pages /  14.7cm x 21cm / 9 pictures / Inkjet Print/ English

Original print(13cm x 10cm)

Paper: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag / UV print

*You can choose the image from "Cats" or "Birds" or "Flowers" 

3. Booklet: Homeland 

Softcover / 16 pages / 18cm x 25.8cm / 7 pictures / Laser Print 

/ English

4. Blue and Green/ Series of 6 magazine with hardcover 

Please check information above. 

*Shipping*

The handmade book will be made one by one by Kazuma Obara

Shipping starts from *November 2022*

*Price*

200 Euro + 25 Euro (Shipping Cost to Oversea from Japan)

“People were forced to flee from the War. Now they have lost the emotional platform to sustain themselves,” said Dmytro, a volunteer I met at the relief centre for Ukrainians seeking refuge set up inside the Rzeszow train station, about 100 kilometres away from the Poland–Ukraine border. Speaking for the Ukrainian people, he told me, “They thought of evacuating just for a few days, but it has been prolonged to one week, two weeks, and now it is almost a month.” 

 

The war is making their future harshly uncertain and unpredictable, destroying all the backbones and anchors they need more than ever to cope with the anxiety and fear. The evacuees suffer from various physical hardships and are left in mental torment. They have the nagging and increasing worry about the safety of their family, relatives, and friends, as they feel tortured by the guilty conscience from being in a safe place. They are torn between hope and despair, between whether they could go back to their hometown or lose it. Even after they physically crossed the border, their hearts are still hovering over the boundary of uncertainty, roaming back and forth between this side and the other side. 

 

From March 14 to 24, 2022, Roman, my coordinator, and I visited Warsaw and many other places in Poland to reach the town on the border of Poland and Ukraine. I took photographs over ninety people and interviewed. Some of them were on their way to their next destination, staying just a few hours to get some rest. At a large refugee centre where busses were arriving from EU countries, we met parents and children finding a temporary shelter for a few nights. Others were moving to apartments or hotels, their temporary places to stay. A mother and her child were standing in the long queue to register for a school. 

The war in Ukraine has already caused the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War. This photo book collects the small pieces of individual stories each person shared with us at each particular moment on their way amid the invasion.  

The project consists of one hardcover photo book and two booklets with original print.  Obara tries to approach the current ongoing war from a journalist and a friend of Ukraine who became refugees and soldiers.   

Platform 

On The Border

From March 14 to 24, 2022, Roman, my coordinator, and I visited Warsaw and many other places in Poland to reach the town on the border of Poland and Ukraine. I took photographs over ninety people and interviewed. Some of them were on their way to their next destination, staying just a few hours to get some rest. At a large refugee centre where busses were arriving from EU countries, we met parents and children finding a temporary shelter for a few nights. Others were moving to apartments or hotels, their temporary places to stay. A mother and her child were standing in the long queue to register for a school. 

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Photos and Essays with Original Print

Cats, birds and flowers

On my birthday in 2015, I was in Slavutych city in Ukraine and my friends gave me an old Soviet camera as a birthday present. The camera has a mercurial character. Sometimes worked, sometimes didn't. And I really loved that character. I was not a photographer who wanted to take pictures of cats, birds and flowers before. But I was so happy to receive it and enjoyed taking pictures of still life in Slavutych, Birds, flowers, cats and city life with my great friends.

Pictures of still life before the war are accompanied with my essays written after the war. 

Homeland

"I liked the parks in Kyiv, our Dnipro River, and the people who lived. Unfortunately, our city is not very accessible for blind people, and people always helped me to get through some places by transport, I just liked our people, our Ukrainian people." 

Series of interviews of people who talked their homeland.  

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Blue and Green

Series of 6 Photo Magazines

1. Ostrava|Czech Republic  

2. Brno|Czech Republic

3. Chisinau|Moldova

4. Praha|Czech Republic 

5. Auschwitz-Birkenau|Poland 

6. Odesa|Ukraine