Olli Thomson

Sofia on Ektar

Here are a few shots from my second roll of 2019 shot in January on my Minolta XD with the Rokkor 24/2.8 MD and the Rokkor 50/1.4 MD lenses on Kodak Ektar 100.

The first shot is of the minaret of the Banya Bashi mosque, the only functioning mosque in Sofia which dates from the 16th century during the time of the Ottomans. It was reputedly designed by Mimar Sinan who was responsible for some of the most outstanding Ottoman mosques including the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The second picture shows the excavated ruins of the ancient city of Serdika which lies beneath modern Sofia with the Orthodox church of Saint Nedelya in the background.

Next, two very different monuments. First is the Saint Sofia statue which I posted about previously, and then the Monument to the Soviet Army which I have also blogged about before.

A little architecture next. First, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, then the National Art Gallery which was formerly the Royal Palace and then the facade of Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ with the entrance to the Metro station in the foreground.

Lastly, one of the bronze Lions that stands on Lavov Most – Lion Bridge – and the window of Photo Dekov, one of a number of photography stores in the city that cater to the film photographer.

Comments (3):

  1. Marcus Peddle

    19 February, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Thanks for the tour of Sofia. I think I would spend most of the day at that camera store window.

    • olli thomson

      19 February, 2019 at 11:34 am

      They do have some interesting stuff for sale in there and in some of the other stores. There are obviously a lot of old Soviet era cameras but I’ve held back because there’s no way of knowing what condition they are in and when they see me, an English speaking foreigner, coming I suspect the prices rise quite significantly. Still, as you say, it’s nice to look.

      • Marcus Peddle

        19 February, 2019 at 1:46 pm

        I once bought a pair of jeans at an open air market in Seoul. After I bought them my girlfriend said, “Why did you pay the foreigner price?” I thought the ‘foreigner price’ was reasonable, but apparently I’m an idiot . . . . 🙂


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