by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
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SchulmanArt: How long have you been a photographer?
Valentin Stoev: I have been taking pictures for the past 10 years now. I do not consider myself a professional photographer; however, I love doing that at every moment I have spare. I have taken on shooting two weddings previously for friends, but selling something professionally I have only started about two months ago.
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SchulmanArt: Where did you study photography?
Valentin Stoev: Ever since I got my Minolta 35mm film camera about 10 years ago I have been planning on taking courses and studying photography but never have I done so. I started learning off the internet and different photography books but mostly experimenting. My style has evolved since and I catch myself that I keep changing it and things I like about photography in general.
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SchulmanArt: What are your inspirations?
Valentin Stoev: My inspiration is traveling! I love exploring the world and nature, so I don’t miss a chance to just leave my town whenever I have some spare time, even if that is just going to the forest a few minutes out.
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SchulmanArt: Tell us how you get these fantastic photos?
Valentin Stoev: I do like to travel a lot and most of my wildlife photographs I take in the mountains here in Bulgaria. I like going camping and staying out of any civilization once in a while and stay close to the nature. All I need is a tent, a lovely spot right by a mountain spring, my friends and camera and that all powers my for better pictures.