People in the Dunes by Andrejs Strokins
Starting as a freelancer in Latvia, Andrejs Strokins captures his mother country and the historic significance of the capital, Riga.
The peripheral communities of Bolderāja and Daugavgrīva were once significant in the development of the nation, but now carry a post-soviet gloom of neglect. Strokins states, '"For many centuries the only road that connected Riga with the whole region of Kurzeme ran through these dune territories. The Daugavgrīva Fortress once erected to protect Riga from enemy ships, has now become obsolete. By the end of WWII Daugavgrīva became a closed territory used by the Soviet Naval Forces. Even after the Latvian independence, a lingering Russian presence is still abundant in this community. 'Their mostly Russian-speaking inhabitants [are] stuck somewhere between the Soviet past and the ever-changing present. Bolderāja has one of the closest beaches of the Baltic Sea and yet most of the inhabitants of Riga choose to ignore it and search for resorts, sanatoriums and plots of land for their summer houses elsewhere.'" Strokins frames a contemporary look on this region and its people throughout its seasonal changes.