Traumas and miracles; catastrophes and salvations; desperations and anticipations – in a black-and-white book by photographer Babak Salari and writer Diana Ivanova.
It is as personal as a poetry book. The photographs intense and saturated.
There is no color here, no surplus, no ornament.
Just like the lives of the book’s subjects – energetic, steely people surviving through steely times.
Images that taste of rain, of rust and blood.
Faces and hands and necks covered in scars and lines – from laughter, from pain, from old age.
And the inhabitants of an intimate world – the stove, the cat, the mirror, the dog, the goat, the garden, the floral shirt.
All captions uttered sparsely, as if through pressed lips.
This book radiates a deep but restrained sentiment; a respect for the people; and a curiosity for a civilization which sinks into the past with dignified simplicity.
Translated from Bulgarian