CM: Your favorite place in your hometown?
VN: I love the weekend markets when farmers come to the capital with their products. I find those places have great energy and vitality and it is the one place I never want to photograph but just experience.
CM: Which posters used to hang on the walls of your teen bedroom?
VN: I had only one poster of L’Amant by Jean-Jacques Annaud above my bed.
CM: If your city would be a piece of clothing, what would it be?
VN: I imagine slippers. I like the way slippers feel on bare feet, exposed to dust, sweat and the heat. The loose connection to the foot makes it feel light and unengaged.
CM: During the Soviet Union, pictures had to be smuggled from East to West through the “iron curtain”. Even though this curtain has long since fallen, how difficult is it for young creatives to cross these borders and to get international attention?
VN: The difficulty in my opinion comes from the outdated visual language and the way photography is taught in art schools. Contemporary photography is a business and besides artistic development the school must offer an adequate understanding of what tools one needs to operate for the international scene.
CM: What do you want to move as a photographer abroad and in your homeland?
VN: I like the idea that my work abroad has shown the young generation in Bulgaria and broken the stereotypical myths perhaps. At home I try to show a delicate way of looking at people and the quiet portraits made without the “wow” element I value so much. The uncertainty in this case is a matter of calmness. The human beings in my lens are at peace with their multiplicity and through me they stare at the viewer.