Pavel Gospodinov, Varna Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement Pavel Gospodinov - Fine art documentary and travel photography.
I am documenting my travels, in any city, at any chance.
For me, photography is a search for the real and the genuine. It makes me alive, happy and compels me to smile!
My foremost passion is travel photography. I prefer traveling to off-the-beaten path destinations around the world capturing local life - local cultures, towns and streets, communities and people in their natural environment. I started to travel more frequently after I visited the Siwa Festival in Egypt a few years ago. The whole experience made me feel unbelievably happy. Since then I have been fortunate to travel to many remarkable places. Visited countries so far - 26 and counting. My recent travels have taken me to Bangladesh, Egypt, India and Morocco.
I seek the unknown and I look for the light within the shadows. My gift is to explore the unexpected in the ordinary.
The passion for travel photography transfers to capturing stories and documentary photography. There is always a story to be told and sometimes it reveals itself before my camera while I am traveling.
Naturally connected to travel photography is street photography. I believe that because of the personal, unfiltered nature of this style, the street scenes resonate to a universal level, they act as mirrors where the audience can see themselves reflected.
I like also photographic impressionism, minimalism, surrealism sometimes and definitely adore black and white. Very often travel photography is associated with colors but I think that black and white travel photography has its own unique charm and beauty.
Recently I started to experiment with long exposure and night photography. In that connection the nocturnal, urban landscape photography became an interesting part of my work.
I am based in Bulgaria, which gives me the unique opportunity to explore in details this fascinating country and the Balkans region as a whole. I go to places where the soul of Bulgaria speaks to me: the magnificent Rhodopes, the Black sea coast...and where the traditions, rituals, and colorful parades, festivals and fairs are celebrated.
My workflow involve conscientious attention to detail in my field technique, along with work in the digital darkroom to fine tune, optimize and adjust contrasts, colors, tonalities, luminosity, etc.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience
I love multimedia, digital story telling, sarcasm sometimes, the TV series “Two and a half men” and “Allo, Allo”. I am obsessed by reading books.
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