Justin Kroesen (1975) has been a keen traveler since he can remember. At the age of eighteen he lived a year in Chile, after which he started his studies in theology and art history at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). During these years he developed a particular interest for the art and history of church buildings, and he became an expert of historical church interiors. He wrote his PhD thesis on medieval altarpieces in Spain and Portugal. From 2004-2015, Justin was associate professor in the art history of Christianity at the University of Groningen. In 2012, he was elected Lecturer of the Year. Because of his love for medieval wood and stone, Justin was nicknamed Dr. Love. His studies on medieval churches entailed numerous research and photo trips throughout Europe. Currently, Justin is professor of cultural history at the University Museum of Bergen (Norway.)
Willem de Boer (1977) was born and raised in Friesland, in the North of the Netherlands. He developed a fascination for capitalism and communism in his teenage years, after which he studied econometrics at the University of Groningen. There he also developed his photographing skills. Following an internship in New York, Willem took up his first job as a research assistant at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, an economical think tank in London. He then settled in Utrecht (Netherlands), where he lives with his girlfriend and two sons. His fascination for Eastern Europe came to fruition during the first trip he made with Justin, over the Balkans to Albania, in 2002. Two years later, they traveled from Kiev to Sofia, after which various trips to Eastern Europe including the Caucasus followed. Willem is currently affiliated with the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen (Netherlands). He researches and teaches sport economics at the Institute for Sport and Exercise, particularly the economic impact of sporting events, the economic significance of sport and the relationship between sport and health. In 2016, he started a PhD project on this topic at the University of Groningen.