“Portraits of Shame” is a short personal project, which I photographed in the Rowing Base of the city of Vidin, Northwestern Bulgaria, startled by the conditions, under which the sportsmen there are forced to train and get their achievments despite them. Some of the most successful sportsmen of the city agreed to take part in it, champions, who have brought numerous titles in their respective discpilines for my country.
Dedicated to my Friend, who passed away on the evening I shot this series.
The four portraits feature (from top to bottom):
BOGOMIL PETROVBorn on 20 November 1939 in Vidin. In May 1964 he set the first world record for the Bulgarian weightlifting and first record for the country after WWII. In Sofia’s regional weightlighting tournament he overcame the weight of 140kg, which is more than the Russian record in the “lifting” discipline – cat. 67.5kg. He had been a national competitor for 8 years, took part in 101 tournaments, of which he won 67. Graduated the National Sports Academy with a pedagogic and weightlifting trainer profiles. He has accomplished numerous rowing achievements. In 1977 he travelled non-stop for 300km in a boat, from Vidin to Rousse which he managed to do in 41 hours and 40 minutes. He rowed in a kayak for the whole distance of the river Danube’s springs in Germany to its delta by the Romanian city Sulina.