Son of a Bulgarian

Some of you might know but I have been working on another long term project which involves a little bit of travel! I am heading back to Bulgaria and Turkey at the end of August and coming back some time in October. I was fortunate enough to have some photographs from the project in the latest Timemachine Magazine. I’m pretty excited about this project and hope to make it into a book. No idea where I will get funding but that is future George’s problem.

Project description:

VOULGAROPOULOS, translated, means “the son of a Bulgarian”. When Nikos Voulgaropoulos was killed in 1922, any knowledge of our ancestry was lost with him. This is my journey as I search for the origins of my family and our name, beginning in Bulgaria where I meet a Greek minority group called the Karakachani. Traditionally transhumant shepherds, the Karakachani have been forced to urbanise in recent years due to economic pressures. Travelling across Bulgaria, down along the Black Sea coast and overland into Turkey, my journey took me through Istanbul to Izmir. Here I discover the birthplace of my Grandfather in Smyra (modern day Izmir), in the suburb of Halkapinar. This project reflects my experiences as a 2nd generation Australian growing up in a Greek family, tracing my connections with a fading past. The photographs represent my journey through the familiar within the unfamiliar on a search for the origins of my culture and identity.

timemachine mag

  1. Beautiful & fascinating work George – some really gorgeous portraits there – can’t wait to see the book(s)! Thank you for sharing & congrats on the publication so far –
    Regards Matthew D. :)

  2. George Voulgaropoulos

    Thanks Matthew! Can’t wait to head back there… keeping my eye on Istanbul at the moment though. Hopefully things don’t escalate over there

  3. Love it!
    My family history is lost in time also and my grandfather was born in Turkey. So I can really relate to your deep interest in unraveling your family story.
    Beautiful! Bring it on George!

  4. George Voulgaropoulos

    It’s strange how I was never interested and then I started exploring other people’s culture and history in Auburn which sparked this project. I think I’m fascinated because noone knows any information pre 1922

  5. These are fantastic and inspiring photos! Can’t wait to see some more from this project, the story is intriguing and I imagine even more so for you personally.

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