'Life along The Line' is a series of documentary photographs I took in the Republic of Georgia during my deployment to the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) from 2012 to 2015. 'The Line' is question is the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) between South Ossetia and Georgia, a ceasefire line between Russian backed South Ossetia and Georgia along the Southern Caucus Mountains. The heavily patrolled and monitored dividing line has split the very poor farming communities and individual families in this troubled region. To date, the situation shows no signs of being resolved.

 

The people on the ABL never ceased to inspire me with their resilience to the appalling situation they find themselves in made worse by the harsh environment and living conditions they endure during their day-to-day lives.

 

The series of photographs were subject to an exhibition in the Capital of Georgia, Tbilisi and beyond and went some way to highlighting the predicament of these wonderful people living in this ‘Frozen Conflict’

© 2019 Ray Cooper Images

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