Photography: Lina Ivanova
Inspired by my upbringing, Stejerovo is a personal, documentary project on the agrarian way of life in rural Bulgaria. My parents were the first generation of my family to migrate from the countryside to the capital, yet memories of home for me are that of my grandmother’s country life, not of the city where I was raised. Through imagery, I can reflect on my parents’ upbringing and where my grandmother still lives. Following her everyday life, and documenting her immediate surroundings, I have explored the themes of culture, community, tradition, and the cycle of life. By interspersing landscapes with portraits, as well as closer detailed shots, I hope to fully convey the environment and atmosphere of rural Bulgaria, which for me is one of nostalgia, and of home.
Photography © Lina Ivanova