Conceptual and Portrait Photography
Tihomir Lazarov is conceptual and portrait, commercial photographer, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
His photographs are filled with intense stories bordering on concepts between melancholy to the complete opposite.
Lazarov’s style can be considered to be vintage with a large influence of Romanticism with an aesthetically modern appeal.
Making a living out of photography, Tihomir managed to work for professional portraits and wedding pictures.
But his talent is best shown through personal projects and conceptual photography.
His approach to photography as a visual language is being influenced by cinema, semiotics, literature and philosophy, in an ongoing attempt to reconcile conceptual photography with story-telling and the exploration of the imaginary.
Letter in a Bottle
It was late autumn, that time of the season when my phone was siting quiet on my desk.
The beauty of the season was surrounding me, the perfect season for more ideas and creativity, it was the time for for my next project.
As it was already cold and I didn’t want to wait for the warm seasons I decided to photograph the model separately from the backgrounds. The next several months I spent traveling, photographing different parts of the backgrounds, building miniatures (like the pier on the first few images), drawing and composing pictures together.
I already have a database of backgrounds I shot myself.
That’s why I was only going after the missing elements.
The project was all done on a budget having lots of passion, great model and a small set of technology tools — an old discontinued crop sensor camera, several lights and Photoshop.
The total cost was not more than $500.
I’m usually trying to avoid composing images in Photoshop and I’m not that good at that.
It takes a lot of time and my goal is to tell a story, not showing visual effects.