Chios Portraits

Welcome to this website about our book project, called Chios Portraits. Both author John Slade and photographer and surgeon Eirik Johan Solheim have volunteered for the Norwegian Non-Govermental Organisation (NGO) A Drop in the Ocean, in Greece.

Eirik had been visiting his wife and Chios Coordinator for Drop in the Ocean (since January 2016), Janne Hegna, twice, when the project started, and had started documenting the life of refugees, volunteers and locals, by photography. At the same time, John was working on texts on the refugee situation (as well as energy and global warming).

Refugee boy with orange juice and sandwich provided by Drop in the Ocean

In May 2016, John and Eirik got to know each other on social media and discovered they had common friends and connections – and a common desire to make a book about the situation for refugees and volunteers.

Thus, John and Eirik decided on working together on a Chios Portraits book with John’s reflection on Eirik’s black and white images of refugees, volunteers and locals on the Greek Island of Chios.

Drop volunteer and refugee boy making friends

The project has two main purposes; to enhance the awareness and understanding of the refugee situation (and the work of international and local volunteers), and to raise funds for the work of Drop in the Ocean.

On this website we will keep you updated about the progress of the book,  as well as some behind the scenes and sneak peeks…

Stay tuned !