Despite the economic crisis, the touristic growth in Bulgaria seems to be at its peak. Even in times of recession Sunny Beach receives hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The southern part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast has long been a synonym for growth, overdevelopment and fast money, but only 100 km upwards growth seems to have stalled and tourism revenues are at an all-time low. Depopulation of the area continues at a rapid pace, people are getting older and the young are moving to bigger cities. The Eventually When Roads Get Better Project shows a society that is about to disappear from the map. What will remain after the last inhabitants no longer find reasons to live here and what will fill the traces of their departure? Where the traces of unfinished houses and hotels have left their marks on the landscape, people live in isolation, at a large distance from each other, in contrast with the modern urbanized society. The romantic ideal of living in a quiet village along the coast is faced with the departure of an entire generation.
Maarten Boswijk was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1988. He graduated in Documentary Photography from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2012.He works on long-term social and documentary projects in which he explores deviating communities. In an attempt to put the western standards in perspective, he documents places where people have a very distinct relationship with their environment. Many of his projects are published in the form of a self-funded photography books in a limited edition. In 2013 Маартен received recognition as NEW Dutch Photography Talent and won the second prize at the European Month of Photography portfolio reviews in Bratislava. In the same year his work was exhibited at the Naarden Photofestival and appeared in various online and offline photography publications