About Outsider

‘Collective identity is imagined, but not imaginary.’ Richard Jenkins

Outsider is a project exploring the question 'what is Europe?' 

The blog documents my travels by bike, but in many ways it is more than this. It is a journey towards greater understanding of Europe, told through the words and pictures of the people who live there.

Outsider came about after Brexit. I wanted to tell a different story than the one presented in the UK media. I wanted to know more about the EU, and given the hardening of divisions, to explore and write about common experience across Europe in order to emphasise our shared humanity. 

In my photography I do this by capturing the interaction between the subject, the camera and myself at the moment of our meeting. I mostly use a Canon EF SLR as film suits the immediacy of my portraiture. 

About Hannah White

I am a writer and researcher. I started the blog in 2017. I have a PhD in social policy from the University of Bristol and over 15 years experience campaigning against, and writing about inequality, racism, and the migrant experience. I have two children.

I am a keen amateur cyclist.