Anna Kalapazana

Photographer, Visual storyteller
Wine on film
Location: Bulgaria, Sofia
Nationality: Bulgarian
Biography: Anna Kalapazana is a documentary and experimental photographer based in Bulgaria. Her photography work focuses on exploring a post-communist society, its values, and formed cityscapes. She studied Visual Arts at New Bulgarian University, Sofia,... read on
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Wine on film
Copyright anna kalapazana 2021
Date of Work 08/01/12 - 09/01/12
Updated 07/23/19
Location Ravda

Wine on film turned out to be an interesting collaboration between me and chance. During a transitional moment in my life  I went on a short Black Sea vacation in the town of Ravda. I was happy and feeling brave but at the same time so scared that I did not want to think and just kept avoiding any thoughts about the near future.One day, while was opening the box of the negative film, I dropped it in a glass of wine. I pulled it out and left it outside my tent to get dry. In the morning when I woke up the first thing I saw was my film on the near rock at the beach, so I loaded it in my camera and was ready to move on and take pictures of my trip.

After I saw the images I was really surprised how the purple violet color from the wine had amended them and had added a mysterious quality. The violet color is the dusk time light color. It is the transitional time between day and night, when something is moving from one state to another and you cannot be sure of the final outcome. Alice Walker once wrote ” pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”


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