2014 - ongoing
Photographic prints and a hand made book
My parents are the first generation in the family to migrate from the countryside to the capital. I relate the essence of ‘home’ to that of my Grandmother’s country life, where I used to spend my summers. Inspired by my childhood memories, “Стежерово” is a documentary, exploring the local community’s agrarian way of life and the culture in rural Bulgaria.
During the migration in the past couple of decades, the countryside has been deserted, creating small closed communities. The villages now have turned into forgotten lands, where I feel as if time has stopped a while back. Because of the stagnation of the economy and local industry, the population still lives with the standards and views of a previous lost generation.
Through imagery, I can reflect on my parents’ upbringing and where my grandmother still exists from livestock and the land she owns and tenders. Following her every day life, and her immediate surroundings, I have explored themes of community, traditions, and the cycle of life.
In order to fully convey the environment and atmosphere, I have interspersed landscapes with portraits, as well as closer detailed shots, which support the nostalgia associated with home.