Bistra Stoimenova

Bistra Stoimenova

My goal as a photographer has always been to tell stories.

A picture is much more than a digital file or a wonderful print in the living room. Being a photographer is much more than pressing a button.

Each place has a story to tell and each shot costs something - be it a 12-hour-shooting marathon at the Medieval festival or hang out of a bridge. Photography is devotion, passion, skills and knowledge. It requires knowledge of much more than just lighting and gear.

Photography teaches you to respect other cultures, places, people, food and history. It makes you realize that we are just one tiny piece of the puzzle called life and we should keep looking and learning.

In every image I take, I try to tell people not only where this place is but also its history and significance. I also try to explain how this image is created (with all the problems I encountered and the gear I used) because I believe that knowledge is there to be distributed, not to be kept hidden. I've had my fair share of haters, of people telling me I was no good, a stupid wench or an unprofessional so I always try to be tolerant and understanding to colleagues.

For two years now, I've been working on a project designed to show people the area I live in - the Balkan peninsula - without the cliches and and stereotypes that exist in the Western world. The project is called Culture Crossroads and in time you’ll here more and more about it :)