The Jiu Valley in Romania was once an economic powerhouse, producing millions of tons of coal.
Now most of the mines in the region are closed.
The New York Times
The ZAD is Europe’s largest postcapitalist land occupation, a rural protest camp on the outskirts of Brittany in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, France. Ever since 2009, this 4,000-acre space comprised of farms, wetland, forests and abandoned properties has been inhabited by environmentalist activists, opposing the construction of an international airport that threatens to turn the surrounding countryside into a sprawling metropolis.
National Geographic / British Journal of Photography / De Morgen
On the Faroe Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, across swathes of snow-veiled landscapes and bordered by dramatic coastline, villages are slowly dropping into decline as more and more of their inhabitants are emigrating from the island in pursuit of greater opportunities.
In these clear and pristine landscapes, where villages with populations as low as ten huddle together on the edge of cliffs, communities hang on firmly to their roots, underlining that one day these villages will inevitably disappear.
National Geographic / Outside Magazine / La Republica / De Morgen / Knack
Saint Olav’s WakeFaroe Islands
Celebrating Faroe Islands´ national holiday "Ólavsøka"
Light years away from the prestigious and sophisticated world of professional American wrestlers, there’s the strange but wonderful world of underground Belgian wrestling. Behind the scenes of cheap theaters, meet the alter egos of figures like Dynamite Kid, The Silver Bullet and Joe Legend.
VICE / La Republica / De Morgen / Metropolitan
In banger racing, the key to success is crashing - hard. It is a merciless full contact formula where drivers use scrap cars to race, crash and destroy. The sport is said to have started in the 1960s and quickly gained popularity in England, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Each event features as many as 50 junkers careering around the track with the putative goal of crossing the finish line first. How they get there, and in what shape, is something else entirely. Crashes are not only common, but encouraged.
WIRED / De Morgen
Matavenero is a remote ecovillage high up in the isolated mountainous region of El Bierzo in North West Spain. The village was populated in 1989 by an international mix of strong, independently-minded people who wanted to live simply in harmony with nature. The people who live in Matavenero have abandoned their old lifestyle to start a new life here. They live according to their beliefs: self-sufficient and ecological, in harmony with their environment and respect for each other at the core.
National Geographic / Outside Magazine / La Republic / De Morgen