I went to Bulgaria with my family as it was a free two week holiday and it was really nice to spend time with them. I took the opportunity to try and make some work and this is the outcome! Throughout history Bulgaria has been taken over, invaded and changed politics many times. So there is a clear sign of a lot of different cultures. Firstly the Church rules most people and this is clear all over the country, however it was previously an extremely Communist eastern European state that has now started to accept Western policies. It is fast becoming another western capitalist state which means for example, that there is a lot of western adverts and culture on the side of very communist blocks of flats. I also noticed how the Communists and obviously built these huge public amenities but with bugger all people to fill them. So many of the town centres feel very empty and hot. Bulgaria was also run by the Ottoman Empire so there is also a lot of Turkish culture around as well.
I tried to capture the mix of eastern and western culture in the inner cities and how the rural areas are all still pretty much peasant communities and the juxtaposition of these places.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Over Christmas '09 I spent five days hanging around backstage at Oldham Coliseum Theatre in Manchester during the Pantomime. Im tried to capture the actors the moment just before they went on stage so you can see there true personality before they became a vilan, hero, dame etc.
I also hung around in the dame's dressing room as he took the plunge and went from man to woman! The shots are being used by the theatre itself in their programmes and on the website so this is effectively my first published work!