Father and son

Ongoing project


As a father of two little boys, not so little by the day, I have realized how quickly a time will come when they won't need me to walk them to school while firmly holding their hands. 

As a photographer, I came up with the idea to make a portrait of my 95-year-old grandfather and my father holding hands. It then turned into a longer journey than I had expected.

Following the start of the pandemic we decided to keep my grandfather safe so we couldn't meet for almost a year. In early spring, I stopped before a house that had captured my interest. The door of the house opened to let out a woman pushing a man in a wheelchair. The woman approached me, holding tightly a portrait of a young man. “This was our only son,” she said. “He passed away 8 months ago. My husband would like to take a picture with him.”

I started taking portraits of other fathers and their adult sons. Holding hands became a way to unite within something that had been unwillingly separated. While posing, fathers and sons held hands for the first time in years, sometimes decades. This act of intimacy became the main purpose of the project, the photos being just a mere testament to the long-unspoken love between the men. This unusual form of participatory photography revealed many important aspects of the father-son relationship, their vulnerability, and their varying levels of interaction and acceptance.

Sofia, Bulgaria, 2021

Altınyayla, Turkey, 2022

Haskovo, Bulgaria, 2022

Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2023

Zafirovo, Bulgaria, 2022

Knizhovnik, Bulgaria, 2023

Pirgovo, Bulgaria, 2022

Petvar, Bulgaria, 2022

Madan, Bulgaria, 2022

Tutrakan, Bulgaria, 2022

Rumyantsevo, Bulgaria, 2021

Altınyayla, Turkey, 2022

Shipka, Bulgaria, 2023

Varna, Bulgaria, 2021

Batak, Bulgaria, 2022

Elin Pelin, Bulgaria, 2021

Mechka, Bulgaria, 2022

Sofia, Bulgaria, 2023

Orla, Serbia, 2022

Altınyayla, Turkey, 2022

Denizli, Turkey, 2022

Denizli, Turkey, 2022

Simeonovgrad, Bulgaria, 2023

Myumyun and Mustafa (Dedets, Bulgaria, 2021)

Dedets, Bulgaria, 2021

Padartsi, Bulgaria, 2023

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, 2022

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, 2022

Sofia, Bulgaria, 2023

Gorno Ablanovo, Bulgaria, 2022

Gorno Ablanovo, Bulgaria, 2022

Silistra, Bulgaria, 2022

Silistra, Bulgaria, 2022

Dobrich, Bulgaria, 2021

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2022