Mineral Springs / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 35mm f2 AI, Ilford HP5+
Mineral Springs / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 85mm f2 AI, Ilford HP5+
At the mineral spring a constant flow of people pass through filling their plastic bottles. Some people arrive by car with multiple five litre bottles. The first time I visited here and held my hand under the water I was surprised to discover that this is hot water with a temperature, I believe, somewhere between 30 and 35 C. So it is unusual to see people drinking it straight from the tap as the man in the background of the first picture is doing. It was the man in the foreground who caught my eye. I thought he had a very expressive face and I managed to get a few shots without him noticing me.
The Soviet War Memorial, or The Monument to the Soviet Army as it is properly known was built in 1954 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the ‘liberation’ of Bulgaria by the Red Army. There have been campaigns to have it demolished or at least removed but so far they have not succeeded. The inscription reads ‘For the Soviet Army of liberation from the grateful Bulgarian people.’