By Katy Cowan
In the run up to the EU referendum, London photographer Charlie Clift has travelled across Europe to see what life is like for the 1.2 million Brits living in the European Union.
From archers in Estonia and morris dancers in Denmark to pantomime fairies in Venice and schoolchildren in Spain – the Brits in Europe project features over 70 Brits living in seven different EU member countries and gives an alternative viewpoint on the referendum reminding us how interconnected Europe is and how intertwined all the countries of the EU are.
Charlie explains: “With the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union looming on the horizon I was determined to see what life was like for those Brits who live in other EU countries. No-one knows what will happen to them should we vote to leave. Will they lose their right to residency? Will they lose their pension? Will they be able to own a businesses or access healthcare? How much will their lives be forced to change?
“After months of planning and research I finally found the diverse mixture of people I needed, so I hit the road. Travelling alone I joined each person for half a day and did my best to capture their life in a single frame. I dropped equipment into a venetian canal, got caught in a snowstorm halfway across the Alps, was forced up a massive tree upon entry to Tallinn, and was nearly killed by a caravan in Alicante. But I am always up for a challenge and I loved having the chance to really investigate Europe photographically.”
Charlie hopes his photos help people to look at the European debate from a different point of view: “I want people to move beyond the stereotypes and statistics and see some of the human stories that will be affected by their decision on the 23rd of June.”
To discover more about the people behind the photographs, visit www.britsineurope.com.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Charlie Clift