Like many places Bulgaria has gone through a cycle of shutting down, opening up, shutting down again in response to COVID-19. The restaurants and cafes, after a long period of being shut down, were allowed to reopen at the beginning of March only to be shut down again three weeks later. At the beginning of April they were allowed to reopen outdoor areas. These folks were taking advantage of the fine weather on a weekday evening to have a drink and a snack at the Imperial Gastrohub on Graf Ignatiev Street.
This shot was taken in the back streets of Tbilisi near the Central Railway Station. I didn’t make a note of the location at the time and I’ve never been able to find it on a map again. I was initially drawn to the wall with the gate, both for the colours and the textures, but after framing a few shots from across the street I noticed this older man walking down the street in my direction. I was behind a line of cars so he didn’t see me or perhaps he did and didn’t care. I took a few shots as he walked through the frame and this was the best. I think this picture achieves a good balance between the background and foreground. The colours, textures and patterns of the wall retain their interest despite the strong presence of the walking man who despite being relatively small in the frame retains a strong visual presence. I like the way the tip of his right foot is just separated from the long shadow cast by the afternoon sun. I also like the way his dark clothes make him stand out against the light colour of the wall. And why is he wearing those clothes, apparently dressed for cold weather while the sun is shining?
Regional History Museum / Nikon F2A, Nikkor AI-S 105mm f2.5, Kodak Ultramax 400
Tram, Iskar Street / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor AI 105mm f2.5, Kodak Ektar
Tram, Iskar Street / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor AI 85mm f2, Ilford HP5+
Mineral Springs / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 85mm f2 AI, Ilford HP5+