Ot minaloto 
This is a project about my home town of Russe, in North Eastern Bulgaria. In it I explore its current landscapes, a direct result from the fifty years the country spent as a Soviet satellite state. The idea for this project was halted by the outbreak of Covid as I was meant to meet and interview people from different generations to discuss the city's history and how altered and influenced it was by the Communist party. I intended to explore the progress of said history's being more and more neglected and forgotten by the younger generations which is a nation-wide phenomena and has resulted in a very politically polarized society due to people's unwillingness to learn from the past and face it for what it really was - a horribly scarring regime that has left the country in a state of false democracy, a struggling economy and significant government corruption. Therefore, I set to explore the physical evidence that would help me portray the outdated mindset that many Bulgarians share and which acts as a signpost to the country's inability to transform itself into a truly European country. I have photographed everyday landscapes that encapsulate the atmosphere of what it feels like to live in a country with such complex history and in a society whose relationship with its history is very opinionated and hard to understand.
A typical concrete block.
A typical concrete block.
View from my block's fifteenth floor.
View from my block's fifteenth floor.
My old kindergarten.
My old kindergarten.
View from our living room.
View from our living room.
Living boxes.
Living boxes.
An abandoned Internet cafe.
An abandoned Internet cafe.
Typical view on the streets of Bulgaria. Hard to tell if it is the 1980's or the 2010's.
Typical view on the streets of Bulgaria. Hard to tell if it is the 1980's or the 2010's.
An old grocery shop attached to a ground-level apartment.
An old grocery shop attached to a ground-level apartment.
An abandoned shop.
An abandoned shop.
The playground I grew up playing on.
The playground I grew up playing on.
People often find it hard to let go of old stuff, a habit left from the years of socialism where materialistic possessions were hard to come by.
People often find it hard to let go of old stuff, a habit left from the years of socialism where materialistic possessions were hard to come by.
Poverty and homelessness are a massive issue in the country.
Poverty and homelessness are a massive issue in the country.

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