WANDER FOR A WONDER
Wandering the streets means to move or travel about, in, or through a place without any definite purpose or destination. However, in the “Wander for a Wonder” series of Penko Skumov, the intent is as clear as crystal.
The street photographer’s wandering is a metaphor for adventure; it is a journey through which wonders of the world are revealed. “Wander for a Wonder” is a metaphor for ordinary life – a life that we experience with our eyes wide open, looking for the extraordinary. Meandering the streets, the photographer is a drifter who drinks up faces, gestures, light and shadow, and always encounters familiar places afresh. Nothing stays the same in the flow of time. In this sense, street photography is a tool for unraveling the mysteries and spirit of the time.
Penko Skumov’s photographs in “Wander for a Wonder” represent an “armed eye” that manages to see into the flash of the moment. There is something beyond banality, beyond nonsense and more than is visible to the naked eye.
Penko Skumov is a Bulgarian freelance photographer born in Burgas, Bulgaria. Born in 1978, he grеw up in Pomorie on the Black Sea coast. He studied art history and cultural studies at New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been working as a graphic designer and a photographer in Sofia over the past 16 years. His interest in street photography began six years ago, and this peculiar photography genre helped him rediscover a strong passion for taking photos.
Penko Skumov believes that “the street” is the ultimate challenge and the most contemporary genre to explore today in photography. It is always new, often in development, and inspiring every time. Life itself is its main subject – in Street Photography, art imitates life. Penko Skumov is also a member of the BULB Collective (Balkan Urban League without Borders) since November 2018.