Difficulties while capturing certain objects

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I can imagine that if someone came to take pictures of my house and I live in some little village, I would probably be on the alert and would go and ask that person why he was taking pictures of my house.

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But somehow I can't imagine the same thing if it was set in a city. Regardless of its size.

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I can't imagine someone photographing the apartment building I live in and me necessarily going to talk to them, asking questions, being suspicious, being afraid. Of what?

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And yet, it seems I never asked myself what I would do if I were in the place of all those people I met while photographing the old residential buildings-monuments in this famous city, about which I have told you so many times - the artificial city of Dimitrovgrad.

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Would I have been scared, just like them, would I have instinctively reacted like them - immediately go to the 'intruder' and start asking questions - what is he doing here, who sent him, why is he shooting, what is there to shoot at all?

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(In the lower left corner of the photo there is a sign that says "Welcome" and this is a great irony because no one is welcome here. Let alone someone with a camera out. Even someone who has a camera phone out.)

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Would I really be so afraid and have this fear emanate from my every move, my every action, my every word?

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I hope you understand by now that this is what I encountered while trying to take these photos, and others, elsewhere in this city.

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The buildings look uninhabitable because of the condition they are in, but they are not - they are habitable and very difficult to photograph.

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And finally you see this tunnel with its wonderful arch vault. It was precisely because of it that I came here this day, wanting to photograph this wonderful detail of Stalin's Baroque, but alas. I had to leave quickly without having taken many pictures.


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Hive.jpgSoul's Detour is a project started by me years ago when I had a blog about historical and not so popular tourist destinations in Eastern Belgium, West Germany and Luxembourg. Nowadays, this blog no longer exists, but I'm still here - passionate about architecture, art and mysteries and eager to share my discoveries and point of view with you.


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You have brought up interesting insights here. I would have been suspicious too if I were to see someone taking photos of our place. LOL! Old building but nice architecture. I'm sure each one has a story on its own. I sometimes wonder about that too. Do keep sharing your photos and stories. They are fascinating. Enjoy your weekend!


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If I lived in such cultural monuments as these historic buildings certainly are, I suppose I would not be suspicious. The only problem is that people cannot perceive that someone can be interested in architecture and the cultural value of their homes 😄. They always think something else.
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Hello dear @soulsdetour, very interesting reflections, the deterioration of the building is really very evident. What I don't even understand the reaction very much, in my country in some places there is also that constructive abandonment, worse, but I don't think any neighbor of the place prevents the photo. Great tunnel in the building, I really like that style, it is not very common at least in my country. Good luck for the next one..🤗😉

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Dear @lileisabel, in comments under some of my other architecture posts I read the opinion that people in ex-communist countries are so suspicious and fearful and that this is inherited from the past. I don't know if this is true. It is obvious that this does not apply to absolutely all countries that were under this regime.
The architecture I show is again related to it. The name Stalin Baroque speaks for itself. 😃

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Hello dear @soulsdetour , what you say is very true, I really appreciate your courage, what happens to you in those cases happens to me in state centers, but not in residential buildings, not for now.😉

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I know that feeling. You have to overcome your fears and doubts and just continue to photograph. If someone asks you - answer them. You are not doing anything wrong, are you? :)

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Oh, I'm very polite in such situations, I answer, explain, convince, make up all kinds of excuses sometimes, just to divert suspicion somehow.
Because in my opinion I'm not doing anything wrong admiring the architecture, but apparently the locals don't think so 😅
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You do your job, they do theirs... World goes on and on...

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