Timothy Bouldry | A Changing Chureca

"More than one-half of the world's major rivers are being seriously depleted and polluted,

degrading and poisoning the surrounding ecosystems, thus threatening the health and livelihood of people who depend upon them for irrigation, drinking and industrial water."

Ismail Serageldin, Chairman of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century

This project is an attempt to understand today's environmental realities in Ukraine, my country and my land. Following the ancient trade route, I'm looking at our everyday routines and our people, who from the very beginning of their settlement on the banks of the Dnieper River lived in harmony with nature, knowing and understanding interconnectedness.

Today, almost half of Ukraine's population lives on the banks of the Dnieper River or its tributaries, which show a level of contamination that has become catastrophic in recent years. Much of the population has enormous health problems, while environmental and medical programs are being closed due to insufficient funding. And despite all of this, we continue to live here, breathing, drinking the water and bathing in it, because we have no other choice. These are the consequences of a reality we are creating with our own hands.

This project is the story about ordinary people. It shows us how much we are the same on both sides of the river and how it makes us think about our future.

– Arthur Bondar

Arthur Bondar is a freelancer and shoots his own documentary projects. He studied photography in New York University and was a participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop and NOOR-Nikon Masterclass.

Bondar was awarded and granted with Magnum Emergency Fund, The Documentary Project Fund, National Geographic Grant and the Best Photographer of the Year in Ukraine. His works were exhibited in Canada, USA, England, Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine.