Black and white photo of a city view with a large cathedral
Bulgaria,  Mid-week Monochrome,  Photographic techniques,  Travel galleries

Gallery: seeing Sofia in black and white

Speaking figuratively, Sofia is not a black and white city. Its history is too complex, its architectural influences too diverse. But like any city it lends itself to black and white photography.

Here for Bren’s Mid-Week Monochrome challenge are some shots from my recent visit, all edited using Nik Silver Efex Pro. Some have already appeared, or will soon do, in other posts, in their original colour rendition. Others really only worked well in monochrome so this will be their only outing!

Those who say that colour will eventually replace black and white are talking nonsense. The two do not compete with each other. They are different means to different ends.

Edward Weston
Black and white photo of a group of sculptural figues

One of the sculptural groups at the Monument to the Soviet Army

(a full post about this controversial monument to follow in a week or so)

Black and white photo of a sculpture of two men drinking beer

Outside a bar near the Doctors’ Garden

Black and white photo of an ornate banister

Staircase in the Palace National Art Gallery

(the colour version of this appeared in my September Selection, as did that of my featured photo of St Alexander Nevski Cathedral from a rooftop bar)

Black and white photo of a lion sculpture

One of a pair of lions guarding the Palace of Justice

Black and white photo of an old fashioned lamppost

Lamppost in the City Garden on a misty morning

Black and white photo of a multi-jet fountain

Fountain in front of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre

Black and white photo of sculptures on a tiled roof

Detail of one of the sculptural groups that top the National Theatre

Black and white photo of a corner tower on an ornate building

An attractive neo-classical building near the City Garden

Black and white photo of a large building with domes

Another view of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Black and white photo of a round brick church and low ruined walls

The ancient St George Rotunda Church with Roman ruins in front

Black and white photo of a statue of a woman in flowing robes

The statue of Sveta Sofia that tops a column in the city centre, where Lenin once stood

(You can read more about her in a post from my previous visit to the city, about the Square of Religious Tolerance)

Black and white photo of man sitting on a doorstep

Taken near ul. Iskar

(another shot of this man featured in my recent street art gallery but while that version emphasised the wall painting, this monochrome one draws attention to the man himself)

I last visited Sofia in September 2022, when all these photos were taken


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