The photographs were taken in Ukraine between 2015 and 2020 in spring and summer. The images form a collective portrait of being young in Ukraine. They were taken seaward along the banks of the Dnipro River to the beaches of the Black Sea; and further to the Arabat Spit, to a mineral hot spring in a small village near the Sea of Azov called Shchaslyvtseve, which means Happy in Ukrainian.
Patrick Bienert is a German photographer, working between fashion and long-term projects in portrait, landscape and documentary photography. His photographic work is based on cultures and identity in relation to history and its traces between the land and its inhabitants. He has mainly documented youth culture and transformation on the borders of Eastern Europe. He published the books Wake up Nights (2017) and East End of Europe (2020). Editorial projects have been published in The New York Times, Magazine, Double Magazine, Luncheon Magazine, Document Journal and Zeit Magazin.