About me

Hello all,my name is Tsvetina and I am an impassioned fan of analogue photography. I rediscover the analogue world in the summer of 2011, when a friend showed me his newest photos made in Sofia, Bulgaria, with Zenit E. Then I told myself “Hey you have the same “Brick” lying in a dark corner in the wardrobe at home. Why don’t you go for it?” So that’s what I actually did.

Taking photos with my good old Zenit 11 is an honorable experience, because this heavy camera has witnessed my childhood through its lens and it’s carrying priceless memories under its lid. My love for it exploded into curiosity for trying out different opportunities the analogue world offers. So despite of numerous discouraging failures, especially at the beginning, I am still in the middle of this analogue sea, motivated to understand its complexity.Ts

About the Blog

As I keep reading, I amaze myself how great variety of things there is out there, which you can do with film: multiple exposures, long exposures, film cooking, home development, split images, pinholes, swaps  and so on. That’s why I’d like to try all (or at least most) of these and to share them through this blog with the the world, step by step and armed with a bag full with patience. I’d like also to offer my friends a possibility to show their photos, because they are not less talented or inspired than me and believe me, they have plenty to show.

Since I insist on keeping the analogue character of this blog, all the photos you see in it are not digitally enhanced and are made through the lens of analogue cameras (some of them being plastic cameras as well as classic vintage cameras).


More short facts about me:

  • I come from Shumen, Bulgaria
  • I graduated from Bachelor in Economics and Management in Bolzano-Bozen in South Tyrol (geographically in Italy) and from Master’s in Economics in Vienna
  • I live currently in MaltaV
  • I’m 28 years old
  • If you write me in German, Italian, Russian or French, don’t doubt I can reply back:D
  • I’m struggling with the costs of analogue photography on a daily basis
  • I was an intern at Lomography, Vienna
  • Before starting shooting analogue I was told I suck at making photos (I had a digital 90-euro-pocket camera and I still suck at making photos with such cams).
  •  If you are interested in my qualifications unrelated with analogue photography, you can visit me on LinkedIn


Since the photographer is rarely in front of the camera, the sad truth is that I have quite few photos of myself, here I am providing a small compilation of those :)


12 thoughts on “about

  1. Hey Tsvetina. Thanks for following my blog, especially because it brought me to yours. It’s wonderful! I’m glad you found that ‘brick’ in the wardrobe. I’ll look forward to going through your past posts when I’ve a bit of time; I may even take up your suggestion and ask you a question or two. I’ll tart with one here: in which city/town do you live?

  2. Hey there! Thanks so much for the nice welcoming message! I stumbled upon your blog and I was sincerely amazed! I like that we have much in common, one of which being the experience with the LC-A! I have the original Russian as well, actually when the lid of the shutter is semi closed the sign “Made in USSR” appears. This is also written on the bottom side of my beloved Zenit. That’s just amazing, isn’t it? On top of everything you’re a neighbor :D
    I come from Shumen, Bulgaria and since a year I have been living in Vienna, there is soo much to shoot here. As I can see in Romania too:)
    I tried to find your name but I didn’t find it. So I have a counter question for you – what’s your name? :)

  3. Hi again Tsvetina. I have two names: Roger is my English name but I ‘acquired’ another when I was in Romania – Dimitrie. I use both, depending who I’m talking with :-) . I saw your message to Derek; he and I have become good ‘blogging friends’ and exchange a lot of information. If you went to other parts of my blog you may have seen that I acquired my LC-A in Romania, on a vegetable market stall, for around £1 (along with an Exa, also for about £1). I’m not sure whether I wrote about that on ‘grumpytykepix’ or my other blog. My LC-A also says ‘Made in USSR’ on the lens cover; unfortunately it’s in pieces so not working, though I also have a CX-1 and CX-2, from which it derived. They both work.
    I visited Bulgaria, unofficially, for a very short time in 1994, by walking along the Black Sea beach from Romania. Fortunately I didn’t see any policemen!
    As you like Russian cameras would you like a Fed rangefinder (and lens) – poor man’s (or poor woman’s – as you told Derek) Leica? I have several but must have a clear out soon so would happily send you one; they don’t get very much on Ebay so I’d be glad to send one to someone who would enjoy it. I don’t want any money for it; just send your postal address to my email – grumpytykepix@gmail.com – and I’ll pop one in the post to you when I do my clear out. The rangefinder may be a bit off. I know what you mean about the cost of film; I mostly use expired stuff (which always seems fine in B&W unless very old – eg 50 years). Colour is a bit more unpredictable. However, at the moment I can buy 24exp ‘Agfa’ C-41 film for £1, in date. It has quite a nice ‘vintage’ look; I’ll send you one to try if I have the address.
    I developed a film from a very old Kodak folder last night – mostly useless but one shot might make a post to give me an excuse to talk about the Kodak – amazingly quiet shutter.
    That’s all for now; good shooting!

  4. Oh Roger-Dimitrie, that would be wonderful, I’m flattered. I’d love to try out the Fed. I have held it in my arms (what a handsome heavy boy) but never tried it out. Thanks once again and see you around :)

    1. Hey Le Clown,
      thanks for dropping a line:)
      I totally agree about analogue photography being an expensive art. I don’t agree about it being a dying one, though. If you look around you’ll see how many people keep it alive. You’ll be surprised:) Cheers

  5. hey difficult name one, I envy you so much for such beautiful pictures. I am a student of media and camera work is our one of the integral courses and part of degree though i suck at taking pictures even with digital pictures :S also I love Belgium’s national football team <3

  6. Hey Fahaad,
    thanks for the support, I’m glad you like my photos! I was also told I suck at taking photos (by my ex boyfriend) but then I tried out shooting analogue and I discovered it’s a totally different world! Why not trying it?

  7. Nice to see someone so young keeping on the tradition of film photography. I agree that the costs can be a problem for one with a passion. That’s why I mainly shoot digital but I always carry a film camera in reserve for when the mood strikes.

    Currently I have half used rolls in my Hasselblad x-pan, my Olympus trip 35 and my Hasselblad 501. Digital cameras come and go, but film cameras I always keep.

    You have a lovely blog. Please keep up the passion and good work.

    1. Hey Lignum, thank you very much for the nice words!
      I’m happy you like my photos and of course I’m happy that you’re interested also in film photography, I think everybody should know something about it, because it gives you another perspective of the digital one. I see also you shoot with Leica and I must say your photos are stunning! I love your style!

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