Olli Thomson


Koprivshtitsa is a small village around seventy miles east of Sofia. It’s well known for its 19th century Bulgarian revival style architecture with many of the properties in the old town dating from this period. The village was one of the centres of the Bulgarian uprising against Ottoman rule in 1876. Though the uprising failed the brutality with which the Ottomans suppressed it drew attention to the Bulgarian struggle. The subsequent confrontation between the Ottomans and the European powers led to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78 and Bulgarian liberation.

Today, as well as its architectural heritage, the village is known as a centre of Bulgarian folk traditions and hosts the National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore held  every five years. We visited Koprivshtitsa at the weekend. Here are a few pictures.

Comments (5):

  1. Jim Grey

    14 November, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    You did some good seeing in this lovely place. The composition of the second photo is stellar.

    • ollithomson

      15 November, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks Jim. I was with a tour group so didn’t have a lot of time to linger. I hopeto go back some time by myself and shoot some more.

  2. Marcus Peddle

    14 November, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Those are great photos and the village looks like a wonderful place to visit for photography. Or just to look around. I especially like the straight-on photo of the blue wall with the two shutters open and the photo of the tree and chimney leaning towards each other. The weather is nice here in Gangneung today, so I’m going to make a trip to the Heo Estate to make a few photos. Korean traditional houses are beautiful, but they are all unpainted clay and wood. Sometimes a bit of whitewash.

    • ollithomson

      15 November, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks Marcus. I liked the blue house because for some reason there is lots of graffiti scratched into the wall. Everything else is very well preserved so it’s a little odd. Most of the houses have a tiled roof and brick chimney so they do lend themselves to nice compositions and plenty of good depth and texture. The closest I came to traditional Korean was in Bukchon in Seoul and I’m not sure how traditional that actually is. Happy shooting.

      • Marcus Peddle

        15 November, 2018 at 11:16 pm

        I haven’t gotten to Bukchon yet so I don’t know how traditional it is either. It’s on my list, though!


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