3rd Place winner
Holy light for two young .. shepherds.
DESCRIPTIONI met these two sisters Ginka and Neda, in Bulgaria. They are helping their father, a shepherd, and keeping an eye on the flock of sheep, helping milking and selling dairy products as well .This gipsy family is very poor, they barely make ends meet. The girls also are taking care of the ruins of an old, ancient temple in the pasture area, sometimes visited by tourists who leave a small coin. I saw them exactly in this temple, when they had just finished cleaning the dust and praying too. They stood under the golden light of the falling sun, it’s as if a symbol for a better future.
Unfortunately, mostly of the gipsies in Bulgaria a living in misery and poverty. Forgotten by God? No, forgotten by the state and society. Their problems are never on the agenda. They may wait. And so, day after day, year after year.
The old shepherd, who is a widower too, explained me how difficult life the gipsy ethnicity have: poverty, unemployed parents, wooden and clay huts instead of normal homes, illiteracy, and to survive , most of the kids are forced from their parents to beg or steal.
He also told me that he is working and pushing hard to feed his big family. He wished a good education and even a normal school for his children too but he can not afford it. He assured me that he make everything and he is sure that they will be good people.
I really hope for the better future for this family!
AUTHORI am coming from an artsy family of painters, sculptors and composers. I love to paint too, but last few years I prefer to use my photo camera as a brush and canvas!
I love to be creative, to experiment, using different techniques or creating my own ones, without using a Photoshop.
I love photography and I am looking for a Beauty everywhere, even in the small, sometimes invisible for the others things!
I try to use photography to show the people the way in which I am seeing the world. Not just the visual of the scene in front me, but also my feelings and emotions.