Understanding what means to be human is impossible without looking at our relationship with animals. From ancient drawings in caves and the symbolism of zodiac signs to agriculture to zoos and pets, animals have been part of human imagination. This reflection on our ability to connect with sentient life and derive a symbolic meaning from it distinguishes us as species. The instant, non-verbal communication of the animal gaze has a somewhat spiritual quality, albeit often with unequal balance of power, acting as a mirror to prompt a deeper understanding of ourselves and what we value. (text: Irina Gyurcheva; photos: Svilen Nachev)
The idea of this series started from a small investment in autumn 2010, when I bought my Canon Prima AS-1 from a flea market in Hungary.
That time I used to shot almost exclusively on film, so I loaded my new camera with a roll and next day we checked out the spa feeling together. The set up was perfect, you know, when you see a middle aged guy with a small plastic toy camera accompanied by a beautiful girl (my wife), no one was disturbed or suspicious about my activity.
The thermal bath in the history, even before Christ represented a different world for society. During the time it was an information point, a business club or a rudimentary social media and community place.
You have to expose yourself in a place with a lot of taboos. After church this is the place most filled with hopes, you can see a serious mass of people, who are dreaming to leave the building healed without pain, scars or other affections. (Photos and Text: Laszlo-Tibor Olah)
The Bulb Collective consists of photographers active in urban (and rural) photography with an expressive shift to include highly aesthetic and poetic images in their assignments.