In the midst of the green fad, when social statements go after instant shock value more often than not, it's refreshing to see a truly inspired project meticulously planned and brilliantly executed, loaded with insight and creative merit. 360° BULGARIA, the latest exhibition by Bulgarian photographer Alexander "Sasho" Ivanov, is the culmination of an 8-year-long project involving a camera, a paraglider, and a powerful environmental conscience.
The breathtaking collection of aerial photographs, shot from the wing of a paraglider, aims to awaken our emotional connection to the environment and remind us just what it is we're losing as we continue to squander our planet.
The 58-year-old photographer's inspiration is incredibly raw and moving:
"I was born here. I grew up here, together with the grasses, the stones, the trees, the rivers and the winds. They taught me who I am, they showed me how to see, hear and feel, but most importantly â€“ what it means to love and be free. This nature is a part of me, a part of my memory of myself."
Besides the pure aesthetic indulgence, the exhibition gives us a sense of our own smallness -- a subtle yet incredibly powerful way to remind us of the fundamental greatness of the Earth.