Photography: Milan Milanov (IG @milan.milanov)
Model/Creative Director: Linda Catherine (IG @rabbitandtheraven)
Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Turquoise and Quartz Ring: Arrow Divine ( IG @arrowdivine )
Andromeda cuff and NEW Azure cuff: Rabbit and The Raven (IG @ rabbitandtheraven)
Belt: The Lair (IG @the_lair)
Sunglasses: The New Yorker (IG @newyorkeronline)
When we bought our car a couple of months ago, we took it immediately out of town for a spin. On this trip, we stumbled upon the place you see in the pics above - a grassy hill with occasional rocky outcrop and a nearby military base. So we decided to return there for the shots you see in this blog post. What isn't exaaaactly native to the location of these shots are the flowers. You see I have a little confession to make...
On the way to our shooting destination, we were looking out for the perfect backdrop of these impressive flowers which grow up to 2m high. Most of the places they seem to grow are inaccessible, like other peoples gardens (um, awkward!), out the front of mechanics' workshops (um, even more awkward!!) and...the biggest haul we saw? At the gates of the town cemetery (aw-KWARD!!!). So we thought, ok, lets be practical. Clearly there are no convenient places to shoot these babies in-situ. And we need them in the shots. So, we will just relocate them.
So now the cemetery option becomes a little more attractive. Not as many people around to witness the relocation process as there might be say in a personal garden or by a mechanic's workshop. And a strangely healthier, taller, more abundant patch of them grow near the cemetery... So we park up, Milan grabs a pair of scissors out of the car and takes down a tall stalk of flowers while I wait. I think to myself 'wow, that's a lot of flowers on the one stalk!!' so I knock on the windscreen to let him know I think its enough. But he is already cutting a second stalk. I knock louder and scream at him...as he cuts down a third. I guess something made him decide at that point that 3 was enough, and he returns to the car.
So we head off in the car with the flowers and accompanying swarm of bees, and drive toward our destination. On the way, Milan tells me in relation to his preference for 3 flower stalks that there is a Bulgarian saying '3 за щастие (3 za shtastie)' which means '3 for happiness'. I ask him why he didn't at least take only 2 and he says '2 is for funerals', then I say 'well what about 1 then?!?!' and he grins and says 'well one is just not enough'.