Ivats Voyvoda street
The quality documentary filming of the houses and streets, soaked with the spirit of Old Sofia, is a still unsettled debt. Meanwhile, platforms like Google Maps support the perception that photographers are exempt from this task because the urban environment, a space under increasingly enhanced surveillance, has already been shot and images of it can be imported through viewing and selecting in the online application. Still, something specific for photography is left in the hands of people after Google Maps, and this is the discovery of this extraordinary meaningful detail the machines cannot distinguish.
Lilyana Karadzhova has shot a panorama of Ivats Voyvoda Street with a panorama pinhole camera on a black and white film 120. The hand-painted mark on the paper back of the film helps to accurately transport the film and properly overlap the individual frames whose borders are merging. Young photographers from the NBU have shot details along the street that differ from pinhole photography with sharpness of the image. The panorama in which the street image is devoid of sharp focus is printed in large format and becomes the base and background of a collage to which students add small pictures. The attached images “frame” and create a collage from the interesting details, shadows, sun reflections or accidentally passing by living objects.
If Ed Ruscha shot 8 kilometers of Sunset Strip and 2.5 kilometers of Hollywood boulevard, looking for documentary objectivity before Google Maps, the current project focuses on the unique and subjective human viewpoint and the sensitivity of the sharp-eyed person with a camera. Thus, instead of depriving photographers of one of their historic urban assignments, Google Maps opens the opportunity for photography to be emancipated from its documentary function regarding urban architecture.
Ivats Voyvoda Street is located near the Military Academy, and on its left sidewalk opens a panorama of well-maintained houses built before World War II. The left sidewalk, unlike the right one, has kept the small green courtyards and some of the old fences. The view at the buildings is not obstructed by parked cars.
About the exhibition:
Two separate panoramas for the two stretches on the left sidewalk, the size of which is approximately 1×5 meters, will be adapted to the halls of Gallery +359.
Two (or more) panoramic colour slides 120 showing the stretch in lightboxes of approximately 20 x 60 cm.