29 Oct Bulgaria

Military band member in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. September 6th is Unification day in Bulgaria, a national holiday to commemorate the unification of Bulgaria in 1885. After watching the formal ceremonies I sought out members of the band as they packed up and shared cigarettes. Having played percussion in an orchestra in my youth, including the cymbals, I was drawn to photograph this chap. With barely a word of common language he stood for a shot, barely able to control his pride.

I highly recommend Bulgaria for the travelling photographer, full of welcoming people and endless photographic opportunities. Actually, let me go back before it gets inundated and spoilt!