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Yasen Velchev


BULGARIA. Yasen Velchev’s series “OUT OF TIME” has been selected as one of the finalist in the 2023 Eyeshot Open Call series category.

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Yasen Velchev

“Out of Time”

In OUT OF TIME, the intricate and multifaceted nature of time in Bulgaria is scrutinized. Although often considered a universal constant, time also reveals itself as deeply subjective and culturally shaped.

Through the lens, streets, landscapes, and inhabitants of Bulgaria emerge in a reality where temporal borders fade. Here, the present moment coexists with lingering echoes of both past and future.


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OUT OF TIME

A Time Odyssey Through Bulgaria

The series invites viewers to traverse the nebulous frontiers of collective human experience. It surpasses cultural barriers and nurtures an intimate kinship with different temporal dimensions. Within this tapestry of memories and visions, one may discover fresh viewpoints on their own temporal voyage, as time’s relentless flow leaves its indelible mark on all it encounters.

“Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

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Open Call Eyeshot 2023

Eyeshot Magazine #11 | Open Call 23 Edition

The 11th issue of Eyeshot Magazine is an eco-sustainable, limited edition work of art, printed in Italy on premium paper. Our dedicated team of 4 invested 3,000 hours to successfully conclude the 2023 Open Call. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” explores diverse human experiences through photography. With an impressive 15,000 submissions from over 100 countries, the issue showcases a global perspective on street and documentary photography.

Yasen Velchev

The Photographer

Hailing from Bulgaria, Yasen Velchev finds the majority of their photographic inspiration within the country’s borders.

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Eyeshot Open Call 2023: A Global Stage for Emerging and Established Photographers


The road to this moment has been a compelling journey of dedication and effort. Our tight-knit, passionate team of four has poured over 3,000 hours into realizing Eyeshot Open Call 2023, laboring tirelessly seven days a week. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” has offered us a lens to explore the complexity and diversity of human experiences. From the dynamic pulse of cityscapes to the serene moments in rural life; from unguarded moments to intricate human narratives, the competition has received an astonishing 15,000 entries from more than 100 countries. The resulting body of work has been nothing short of a testament to the depth of creativity and passion that exists in the world of photography.

Guiding us through the meticulous selection process was a panel of highly-regarded jurors, a constellation of experts and luminaries in the field: Trent Parke, F. Dilek Yurdakul, Mark Abramson, Isadora Kosofsky, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Kitra Cahana, Richard Koci Hernandez, Narelle Autio, Emin Özmen, and our very own Marco Savarese, the visionary behind Eyeshot.