An Alber Camus quote from “The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays” about solitude goes like this: “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
Over the past few years I have noticed a recurring theme in my street photography. I am dragged to urban landscapes, people, moments, gestures in life around me that are full of that sense of solitude. Those moments when it looks as if someone has turned away from the surrounding world, probably in order to understand it, to contemplate, or just to take a breath from the hustle and bustle, to turn towards his or hers inner world.
Solitude is often associated with sadness but for me it’s quite the contrary. I seek for such moments as a proof for our existence.
To be alone, is a natural need. Like breathing, sleeping and eating. To immerse yourself in that feeling of being only you. To enjoy those moments when you just stop, isolate yourself from the world around you… even just for a second. And then everything continues. You keep on going with the flow. (Photos and text Martin Iliev)
Color Blues is inspired by the never ending “transition” that Bulgaria is going through - both political and social. A transition that started in 1989 and 29 years later this process hasn’t come to an end. We are is still living in the consequences of failed political regimes. These processes are mirrored and discovered in everyday life, in the people that are walking the streets, in the background of our habitat.
It is about the melancholy, sadness, despair and alienation that I encounter roaming the streets of my hometown - Sofia. Shooting black and white, focusing only on the raw and harsh moments of everyday life would have been the most obvious thing. But I decided to approach everyday life from a different perspective - color. А more poetic, subjective visual language which could have been possible only in color. I use color not only as the sole protagonist but to direct viewer’s gaze and create dialogue. To depart from the mere representation of facts in images that create tension and ambiguity. Looking for visual paradox expressed through the use of color and combining elements that create distinctive atmosphere. (Photos and text by Martin Iliev)
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.