Sofia, Bulgaria, has had continuous human habitation since the 8th millennium BC. It became the capital of Bulgaria in 1878, right after Bulgaria was liberated from Ottoman rule, with a territory of just 3sq. km. It now has a population of 1.242 million and spreads to 492 sq. km.
Its skyline comprises numerous high-rises, which photographer and graphic designer, Mariyan Atanasov, has transformed into Tetris-like constructions – removing sections of the building facades and re-arranging them, floating eerily in pale blue skylines.
The images evoke the performance of architecture with the landscape, moving, planning and shaping the human experience within blocks. These shapes are flattened and simplified, leaving the exact location undetectable. Atanasov expresses the feeling of isolation, disconnect and, at times, playfulness of these stacked designs.