For about a year now my wife and I are shooting images of industrial ruins all over Bulgaria as a document of the economic decline in this country.
Despite assurances to the contrary by leading politicians, signs of decay can be seen everywhere, even in the capital Sofia. While government officials drive flashy limousines and live in secluded luxury villas, the rest of the country practically shuts down. Exceptions are smoke-and-mirror projects like the upgrade of some railway lines to accommodate high-speed trains.
Because of mismanagement, incompetence and corruption many factories were closed for good, the hardware either sold in more or less shady deals or left to rot. In many of them oil, heavy metals and other chemicals were left unattended, posing a serious threat for the environment and the health of the population in the area.
I transformed all images to black and white for more impact, tweaked the contrast and applied red or green filter where suitable, but otherwise no image has been altered. More of Industrial Ruins in Bulgaria can be viewed on my website JB Photography (click link).
(All Images Copyright Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography)