Pic Of The Week (11/2013) – Apartment Blocks in Pernik, Bulgaria

Apartment blocks behind the coal-fired thermal power plant ‘Republika’ in Pernik

Apartment buildings in Pernik
Apartment buildings near the ‘Republika’ power plant in Pernik, Western Bulgaria

(Image Copyright 2013 © by Johann Brandstätter/ JB Photography)

While shooting for my ‘Industrial Ruins‘ project in the city of Pernik, 35 km southwest of Sofia, I saw this desolate scene near the ‘Republika’ power plant. The plant is notorious for its enormous output of air pollutants – most notably sulfur oxides – yet people still live in such close quarters to the facility. Although ‘Republika’ looks like a ruin it is still in operation (not always a contradiction in Bulgaria).

The impression is indescribable, almost like in a war zone, to the right – just outside the frame – huge piles of coal dominate the landscape, behind the buildings two cooling towers blow out steam.

Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 24-105mm L IS USM (@85mm); f/7.1; 1/100; ISO 400