The "Fresco-Hunting" Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches provides a unique opportunity for students and volunteers to take part in an expedition to document abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescos in western Bulgaria, and to visit many other Christian Orthodox churches, monasteries, museums and archaeological sites in Sofia, western Bulgaria and eastern Serbia. The expedition and the field school are coordinated by the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF).
Participants receive training in survey management, digital photography, surveys of architecture and iconographic program, technical drawing, use of dumpy level, developing archives of digital images etc., Introduction to Photogrammetry, Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and other photographic techniques for documentation of cultural heritage and an optional workshop for illustration of architectural features and frescos using graphic software corresponding to the latest trends in digital humanities.
The field school is designed for students and young specialists in heritage, archaeology and conservation as well as artists, but we also welcome anyone interested in:
- - medieval civilization in Southeastern Europe (especially Byzantine and Christian Orthodox architecture, arts and iconography during the late medieval period: 13th to 17th centuries)
- - digital photography
- - documentation of ecclesiastic architecture and frescos
- - cultural heritage preservation
- - travel to significant heritage sites in western Bulgaria and eastern Serbia.