Venue: Sofia, our neighborhood

Lens: Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 VR

Music: Enrique Iglesias – Bailando ( – a favorite song

I am proud to say I was one of the first photographers that “discovered” Lily, who in the months that followed went on to pose for photos for many Bulgarian photographers and has a bright modeling career ahead. She is actually Ukrainian but came to live in Sofia as a teenager, consequently graduating in the university here as a journalist. Even if modeling is not yet her profession, Lily is extremely devoted and serious about posing, and we actually had an elaborate project to make photos in a post-communist style with some old buildings and the outfit of communist girls in school. It also turned out we live in the same neighborhood so it was easy to set a date and try some photos.

A random street
Street graffiti


The professional gymnasium for textile and leather clothing

As you see it actually turned out what we planned to be a girls uniform from the communist times looks a lot like a present day school uniform in some countries (not in Bulgaria). So we can as well call the photosession “Back to school” as we also happened to find several schools in the neighborhood that provided an interesting setting for our photos.


I need to mention specifically one particular photo my friends like making fun about, because of the writing on the wall behind (I am not translating this for the non-Bulgarian speakers, sorry guys!).


Their usual question is how I managed to get Lily to stand under this sign, and my answer is that art sometimes needs to provoke people, so I am happy we did it well here.

We finished with some more school photos and the promise to organize something else soon.


Probably not
The February sunset and the end of our photoshoot

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