Last week, I had the privilege of filming eight incredible grandmothers and a young girl, a choir for folk songs that would "4" an hour from the village of Dryanovo in the Rhodopes to record a disc and sing at "Museum Night". This is due to the unique, patient and active girls from Baba Residence, that take all my applause. As my contribution, I wanted to take portrait photographs and all the growth of the grandmothers in the hall - the winter garden of the palace, because the light was perfect for the effect I wanted to achieve, and also because it would be very artistic for the Bulgarian heritage to shoot folklore costumes in the old palace.
While waiting for the grandmothers and adjusting the camera, I had the utter discomfort of meeting the two directors of the National Art Gallery, who, unfortunately, are the present-day guardians and representatives of Bulgarian art and culture. There was no Good Day, no handshake or presentation, but there was an unceremonious statement with no way of communicating or explaining in a logical way, followed by expulsion because I was stigmatized as "obstructing people". I would understand if it was explained to me that I needed to book a salon in advance, or that I needed permission, but I could not understand the attitude, the way of talking and gesturing of women who, by behavior, clothing and mannerism, were frozen for me by the time of communism and recently thawed. The doorman, more like a prankster, chased the grandmothers, because they prevented movement on the stairs. Despite these individuals, the grandmothers performed brilliantly and were respected by those who showed an interest and patience to stop and listen to them. I personally spent some wonderful hours with my grandmothers, in pictures, listening to their jokes, kindness, friendship, deep spirit and what is truly Bulgarian to me.
© Tina Boyadzhieva
My Bulgaria, the culture and values of my home, which must be preserved, respected, studied and continued, are represented by these grandmothers, much more than directors - neighborhoods, whose worldview and world are so narrow and limited, and are expressed emotionally harassment of others because they have somehow come to power.
Bulgaria is as much mine as it is theirs, and in response to the fraudulent attitude, the bewilderment and the limited thinking, I choose the beauty, the art and the infinity of our ancient culture and traditions. I present to you the pictures of real Bulgarians from the village of Dryanovo, which I love, and my huge applause to the girls from the Residence Grandma who, despite many obstacles, bureaucracy, lack of resources and the mentality of "Can't!", Have found a way to succeed, safeguard and perpetuate the most valuable thing for our nation.
© Tina Boyadzhieva