“Kukeri is an ancient pagan ritual practiced annually across the Balkan mountain regions where local men wear carved wooden masks of beasts’ faces and hang heavy bells around their waists as they perform arcane dances,” says London-based photographer Aron Klein.
The is Aron’s magical and dreamlike series that consists of hypnotic images of large men in carnivalesque costumes, posing menacingly in the wintry Bulgarian mountains.
If you’re thinking of a gold digger, you are quite wrong. They may remind you of the western gold diggers but that is not exactly the case and you’d be seriously fooled if you perceive them like ones.
Here are the few things you need to know about them: Bulgarian girls are not the usual cry babies.
I suggest being moderate to the maximum of your abilities.
Test your waters first and see how much of a “golden boy” she can handle.
Feeling sorry because she realizes no one else would stand you, could easily be one of those reasons. If you have a show off side, make sure you cover it well.
In my personal experience empathy doesn’t last forever, so if you’re rude you will be shown the door eventually. Be aware that for the past 20 years Bulgarian men have become quite annoying trying to constantly show off.
But capturing the extraordinary shots was not without its challenges: “I had underestimated the Bulgarian winter and I definitely wasn’t equipped for minus 10°C; my Air Maxes didn’t cut it.Well, if you’re dating a Bulgarian girl, forget that one.Meeting her parents won’t mean you’re about to propose.In other words: if you are a guy coming to Bulgaria you will have a very hard time concentrating on anything else but the girls around. And just because I’m really cool I’ll give you some insights.So, what happens when you decide to date a Bulgarian girl? Silicone in the lips and the breasts, make up, tight clothes, jewelery, colored hair, and a princess/prostitute behaviour.Emancipation doesn’t exactly have the same meaning on the Balkans as it does in most Western countries.For a Bulgarian girl things look like this: if I pay my part of the bill, that means we’re buddies.These figures are intended to dispel evil spirits and protect their community from ill fortune.The project came about after Aron started working as a photographer for music festival in the Rhodope Mountain range between Bulgaria and Greece.Here’s how it works around here: if you invite a girl, you pay the bill. She might offer to add something, but if you really want to be perceived as a man, you better not accept.If you are wondering whether she might feel intimidated because of that: don’t.